Reishi has long been used for allergies and auto-immune diseases. It has known anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine action, which help to regulate the immune system and its response to things like pollen.
It looks as if the will only become more popular – but why are they so fascinating and what can they do for us?
Parts used medicinally: The fruiting body of the mushroom
One of the main benefits medicinal mushrooms offer is their extraordinary effects on our immune system. These mushrooms contain special polysaccharides (or sugars) that bind to our immune receptors, and help to restore healthy immune function.
Though all mushrooms have these polysaccharides that help promote good immune function, each mushroom is different and offers other unique benefits.