Dr Jess says: I use reishi mushroom regularly with my patients, often in combination with cordyceps, to strengthen weakened patients or to boost general health and immunity. I have seen amazing results using reishi to treat a patient suffering from nephrotic syndrome (a kidney condition, where patients have too much protein in their urine). Reishi mushroom is also a key ingredient in one of the combinations I use to help improve sleep quality and treat insomnia. It is a lovely, safe and gentle, yet powerful mushroom. Xandra and I add a small amount to our coffee machine grinder, as it is great in a morning coffee. 

Reishi mushroom, known as Ling zhi, in traditional Chinese medicine, or by its latin name, Ganoderma lucidum, is an amazing Chinese dietary support that is starting to become widely known for its nourishing properties and extensive health benefits. It has been shown to work to treat a range of symptoms and medical conditions, including autoimmune issues, kidney problems and even to help to slow the progression of some cancers. 

used in traditional Chinese medicine, for calming and to aid sleep. Reishi mushroom’s Chinese name translates to ‘herb of spiritual potency,’ and there are two main varieties. Red reishi and black reishi. These are different varieties of the Ganoderma mushroom, and both are said to have different properties in traditional Chinese medicine.

red reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), is thought to be more…