Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ling Zhi - TCM's 'magic' mushroom

Ling Zhi is considered to be a 'magic mushroom' for its mysterious power of healing the body and calming the mind. Also known as Reishi it has been used as a valuable medicine in ancient China until present day for promoting longevity.

In current Traditional Chinese Medicine ling zhi is used for its immune boosting properties. It nourishes the Heart and Spleen by tonifying blood and qi, which can help treat insomnia, forgetfulness, weak digestion and fatigue. Ling zhi is also used to treat asthma by stopping coughing and wheezing.

Research on ling zhi has shown benefits for neurasthenia, hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. In addition ling zhi has positive effects for different types of cancer such as prostate, lung and breast, which is contrary to what early investigators imagined.

Mushrooms appear to have similar characteristics to cancer, ie they are parasitic, fungus-like and fast growing, which is exactly why they are good for treating cancer. According to Chinese medicine theories on food remedies characteristics of the food usually represent what organs, conditions or symptoms it is used to treat. Obvious examples are animal livers, used to strengthen the liver and therefore blood production and regulation. Kidney beans strengthen the kidney especially the yin energy. Walnuts look like miniature brains and are good for memory. Tomatoes, which have different chambers like a heart, have shown to prevent heart disease due to the antioxidant lycopene.

Ling zhi tea is now available at Meridian Flow Acupuncture. The tea is locally grown and packaged in Prince Rupert. Tea is sold by the bag, tins of 5 or 10 bags. Each tea bag can be used to make 1 - 2 litres of tea. Ling zhi tea is mild enough to drink throughout the day.

2 comments:

Adam Kyle said...

Could you refer me to a traditional chinese doctor in Prince Rupert B.C ?

Adam Kyle said...

Could you refer me to a traditional chinese doctor in Prince Rupert B.C ?

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