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Aether Herbalist Reishi Tincture 30ml


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Reishi mushroom – Ganoderma lucidum & other related species has been revered since the dawn of modern culture. Reishi has been recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 4000 years, & its powerful effects have been documented in many ancient manuscripts – however this fantastic fungus is exceptionally rare with some texts reporting that you could only find 1 on every 10 000 plum trees in japan. Traditionally, it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote calmness, improve meditative practices, as well as to attain a long & healthy life. Chinese royalty, seeking longevity, held reishi mushroom in high esteem. It became immortalized throughout Chinese culture in paintings, statues, silk tapestries, & on the robes of emperors. Reishi mushroom has also been revered in Japanese culture where it is considered to be the most important of all the Japanese medicinal polypores. In China this brilliant mushroom is listed as a superior tonics in the most famous of all Chinese materia medicas – the Shen Nung Ben Cao Jing (206 BC-AD 8).


Superior herbs were among the most highly regarded of all medicines since they were considered to prolong life, prevent aging, boost qi, & make the body light & limber. In chinese medicine it is regarded as a three treasure tonic, nourishing the shen, jing, & qi. Reishi has been used in traditional medicine to remove toxins, treat cancer, rectify heart disease, liver problems, joint inflammation, ulcers. Reishi was also reported to be an antidote for poisonous mushrooms ( 30g drunk in a tea ) & as a UV protectant in skin lotions. Thanks to modern science we now understand Red Reishi better than ever before, we have successfully isolated 130 different polysaccharides, over 119 triterpenes along with many other phytonutrients making up one of the most complex medicines known to man with just over 900 bioactive constituents identified thus far.This fungus consistently demonstrates a profound ability to nourish vitality, relax the nervous system, calm the mind, & promote a state of relaxed focus and concentration.


Over the past several decades, dozens of different studies conducted in Japan, China, the U.S. & the U.K. have demonstrated that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases & illnesses. One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can increase white blood cell count & dramatically upgrade our immune response, particularly the process of phagosytosis (the mechanism by which lymphocytes, macrophages & killer cell roam the body picking up debris & consuming toxins & harmful organisms). Out of Reishis vast triterpenoids, 2 compounds in particular stand out, ganoderic & ganoderenic acids, these have shown tremendous results in treating auto immune diseases, allergies, liver function (betaglucoronodase inhibitor – an enzyme linked to sclerosis & hepatitis) they have also shown antioxidant qualities, which protect the body from free radical damage as well as enhance overall cell repair.


Numerous studies have also been done on reishi mushrooms’ effect on cancer cell lines. In vivo & in-vitro testing have demonstrated that compounds derived from the Reishi mushroom have cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. Several studies demonstrate that extracts of Reishi mushrooms down-regulate VEGF & MAPK signaling, as well as induce cell cycle arrest, apoptosis ( the death of cancer cells which occurs as a controlled part of an organism’s growth or development), & autophagy. Many randomized controlled trials also proved that cancer patients experienced improved response to treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy


All this information along with physical testing points to Reishi being one of the best adaptogens we currently have, helping the body adapt to the every day stressors of life, increasing energy & immunity as well as helping to ward off long term degenerative diseases. This Amazing mushroom grows naturally right on our doorsteps in the forests around South Africa, unlike the ancient chinese & japanese, reishi seems to thrive in our climate – the eastern cape in particular has an abundance of wild specimens ( in my great fortune of being able to traverse through forests every day i’ve discovered an average of 14 mushrooms per 2 sq/km ) making it a must for any south african looking to improve thier overall quality of life.


There are thus far 6 reishi species that grow in south africa, 4 of these we’ve identified in the eastern cape – G. asustroafricanum, G. cupreum, G. destructans, G. enigmaticum, G. resinaceum & variants of G. lucidum When producing our triple extract reishi tincture, we utilize wild Reishi species grown in forests untouched by modern pollution. We also grow reishi with invasive black wattle in an attempt to eradicate ever expanding groves – we then replant indigenous tree species in their wake.




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