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Why do people take reishi mushroom?

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The reishi is a type of medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries to treat infections. The mushroom may help boost your immune system, lower stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue. Some scientific evidence suggests that reishi mushrooms may be effective for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Respiratory diseases (such as asthma)
  • Viral infections (such as the flu)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer and support during chemotherapy
  • Pain during and after a shingles outbreak
  • Building strength and stamina
  • Fatigue

From: Reishi Mushroom WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Akbar, R. , 2011. Bioinformation

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Reishi Mushroom."

Sanodiya, B. December 2009. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology,

National Cancer Institute: Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®): Health Professional Version. 

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Akbar, R. , 2011. Bioinformation

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Reishi Mushroom."

Sanodiya, B. December 2009. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology,

National Cancer Institute: Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®): Health Professional Version. 

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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