Perhaps red Reishi’s greatest potential medical benefit is its ability to strengthen the body’s immune system.

Consumption of red Reishi is therefore considered preventive and immune enhancing, rather than treatment of a specific


Red Reishi acts as an immune modulator – a substance that regulates, and fine-tunes the immune system. The primary

responsibility of the immune system is to detect pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and other microbes that invade the

body. Like adaptogens, red Reishi shares the roperties of causing no side effects with regular consumption; it is effective

in dealing with a wide variety of illnesses; and it helps an organism return to a normal and balanced state.

The following is a list of specific conditions for which regular consumption of red Reishi and products consisting of

authentic red Reishi extract has been shown to have some beneficial effects.

Conditions Related to Blood Circulation

It has been thought that red Reishi extract can reduce the coagulation of blood by decreasing platelet aggregation (cells that form clots), similar to aspirin.

Heart Conditions

Several cardiovascular benefits have been demonstrated

correction of some arrhythmias due to stress

lowering of “BAD” LDL cholesterol and Triglycerides (another type of blood fat)

lowering of blood pressure – demonstrated in published human studies

improved blood circulation, with all of the benefits outlined above.

Liver Disorders

Research has shown that red Reishi has hepato (liver) protective properties. Regular consumption of red Reishi may indeed rejuvenate the liver cells,allowing it to perform its vital functions.

Digestive Disorders

Red Reishi consumption has also been shown to decrease gastric acid, which, in excess, can lead to the formation of peptic and gastric ulcers.


Red Reishi has shown some benefits in those suffering from asthma, chronic bronchitis, and common allergies.

Kidney Regulation

Red Reishi may aid in the regulatory functions of the kidney.


Regular consumption of red Reishi has been shown to stimulate the production of interferon and interleukins I and II, potent natural anti-cancer substances produced in our body. Furthermore, researchers claim that polysaccharides called Beta- 1,3-D-glucan and Beta-1,6-D-glucan have been shown to possess powerful anti-tumor properties. These polysaccharides can also activate macrophages, the essential immune cells in our body’s first line of defense against microbial intruders such as viruses, bacteria and yeast.


Red Reishi has blood sugar lowering properties, and can possibly help regulate glucose levels in borderline Type II cases, without the side effects of medications.

Prostate Disease

There is evidence that red Reishi, when combined with other herbs, can significantly reduce Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. The mechanism is unknown, but it can occur as early as one month after treatment.

HIV Disease

Anti-HIV substances and protease inhibitors (a major class of drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS) have been found in red Reishi mushrooms. There is anecdotal evidence that it lowers the viral load and increases the CD4 counts.