Reishi Broken Spores as a Remedy for Cancers and Other Major Ailments: A Survey
The Legend of the Herb of Immortality
Stories abound in Chinese folklore and legends in which filial sons or daughters, devoted brothers and sisters, friends and lovers went through all kinds of unimaginable difficulties and hardships and risked their lives to go to the heavily guarded celestial garden to get Reishi or Lingzhi, the "herb of immortality" to bring their loved ones back to life from the teeth of death.
These seemingly fallacies are not only supported by the effective use of Reishi by traditional Chinese doctors but are also being verified by modern sciences and new technology. In countless cases this magic herb or its products have saved the dying. In China, many recovered patients attest to this fact.
Reishi is called "Lingzhi" in Chinese. It appears in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Cannon of Herb Medicine of Shen Nong) as a superior herb. It is the dried fungus Ganoderma Lucidum (Leyss ex FR.) KARST. of the basidiomycetes family.
The antitussive, expectorant, hypotensive, antihepatic and antibacterial effects of Reishi are well known. For thousands of years the Chinese have been using it as a tonifier and detoxifier to enhance the immune system, vitality, and blood circulation, disperse stasis and accumulation, and dispel inflammation. Chinese doctors prescribe it for deficiency, fatigue, neurasthenia, insomnia, tuberculosis, hepatocirrhosis, bronchial cough in elderly persons and carcinoma, etc.
Research found that Reishi spores when broken are in deed more potent than Reishi. They are rich in proteins, 18 amino acids, polypeptides, polysaccharides, nucleosides, terpenoids, alkaloids, carbohydrates, germanium, vitamins and minerals. Extensive lab tests found that Reishi broken spores speed up T lymph cell transformation, enhance phagocytosis of macrophage and increase white blood cell, promote serum agglutination, raise activity of glutathione peroxidase in blood, inhibit metastatic tumor (S180 sarcoma), increase resistance to hypoxia, reduce cholesterol, etc, without side-effects.
As a nontoxic, natural anticancer synergist, an application has been filed in China for official recognition as a new anticancer drug. Meanwhile Reishi broken spores have become very popular and many cancer patients (even in mid to late stage) and patients with other difficult and complicated symptoms have been saved.
Popular as they are, Reishi spores are very rare and the "breaking" of the spore cell wall involves high-tech processes.