Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, has been using medicinal mushrooms to improve health for thousands of years. According to TCM, medicinal mushrooms promote longevity, improve health, and prevent cancer. If you can believe it, there are actually more than 200 species of mushrooms that have medicinal uses! Since many of these species are more difficult to obtain, there are several species that are more commonly used in supplements. While all of the medicinal mushrooms are great for your health, each one has specific healing properties that make it more adept at healing specific diseases.
1. Reishi Mushrooms
In Chinese, reishi mushrooms are called Lingzhi, which means “herb of spiritual potency”. These spiritual medicinal mushrooms have been used in East Asia for over 2,000 years. Reishi mushrooms have many therapeutic uses including lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, fighting viruses, healing chronic fatigue syndrome, and decreasing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. If all that isn’t enough to make you want to run out to get a reishi mushroom supplement, perhaps knowing this mushroom’s amazing cancer fighting powers will. Reishi mushrooms have been shown to inhibit cancer cells’ ability to multiply. In lab tests, these mushrooms have also demonstrated an ability to fight ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer. The cancer fighting properties of reishi mushrooms isn’t unique to these mushrooms, but their ability to fight ovarian cancer does seem to be unique to them.