10 Healing Herbs of the East
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Called "the mushroom of immortality," this fungus treats fatigue, respiratory and liver complaints, cancer, and heart disease. Reishi's immune effect was confirmed at the Free University of Berlin and at Peking University Health Science Center. Korean studies noted anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity. A potent antioxidant, reishi may help prevent cancer-causing cell damage. Lab and animal studies in Japan and at Methodist Research Institute in Indianapolis found reishi suppressed growth of colon, prostate, and breast cancers. Additional studies have found reishi can reduce cholesterol (Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland); lower blood pressure (Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Okla.); and reduce blood sugar (Peking University). Reishi may lead to dizziness, skin irritation, and GI upset; avoid it if you're pregnant. Use reishi in consultation with a TCM practitioner.