Reishi ia a type of mushroom, therefore a type of fungus. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for hundreds of years, mainly in eastern countries, for infections prevention and treatment. There are also studies that say it can be used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases and cancer. Within its structure, there are several compounds, including triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, that are responsible for its health effects. It seems to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against tumors and beneficial effects on the immune system.
The immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs that act in the organism’s defense against the harmful effects of external microorganisms. The supplements indicated for immunity act as strengthening agents of this system, increasing the antibodies production and, consequently, its defense activity.
Reishi has high protein and mineral concentration, as well as B complex vitamins. These elements make Reishi capable of improving the function of the skeletal musculature and the immune System
Reishi may increase the risk of bleeding. It may make some chemotherapy drugs less effective. Reishi can stimulate immune responses, so it can interfere on immunosuppressant drugs and some compounds in Reishi may affect drug concentrations.
Laboratory studies suggest that reishi mushroom may lower blood pressure, so if it is combined with Antihypertensive or Anticoagulant drugs it can exacerbate the lowering effect of blood pressure and increase the chance of bleeding.
Vitamin C can be used to alleviate Reishi’s side effects, like loose stools or head aches. It seems that those two compounds interact in a synergic way to normalize Reishi’s concentration in the intestine and blood.