Reishi mushroom: myths and facts about its medicinal benefits

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In a world where health and well-being become priorities, the supplements and the medicinal plants emerge as an option.

These natural resources, carefully selected and used, can support the body in its self-regulation and restoration, as long as it is under the supervision of a doctor.

This time we will focus on reishi mushroomwhat are its benefits, its level of safety and efficacy, side effects, as well as its reaction when interacting with medicines, foods and other herbal medicines or supplements.

With the scientific name of Ganoderma lucidumthe reishi mushroom is a bitter-tasting plant that is believed to have effects on the immune system.

It is also used for disease of alzheimerhe cancerthe diabeteshe herpes labialis and many other conditions. However, it has no proven health benefits.

Reishi mushroom extract is possibly safe when used for up to one year. Whole powdered reishi mushroom is possibly safe when used for up to 16 weeks.

However, reishi mushroom can cause dizziness, dry mouth, itch, nausea, Stomach ache and rash.

There is not enough reliable information to know if reishi mushroom is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using it.

High doses of reishi mushroom may increase the risk of bleeding in some people with certain bleeding disorders. Stop using reishi mushroom at least two weeks before if you have scheduled surgery.

Medicinal plants have a level of effectiveness and safety (Illustrative image Infobae)
Medicinal plants have a level of effectiveness and safety (Illustrative image Infobae)

Reishi mushroom might lower blood sugar levels. Taking reishi mushrooms along with diabetes medications may cause blood sugar drops too low. Closely monitor your blood sugar level.

Taking it with other supplements with similar effects could lower your blood sugar too much. Examples of supplements with this effect include aloe, bitter melon, cassia cinnamon, chrome and prickly pear.

Reishi mushroom might lower blood pressure. Taking reishi mushrooms along with medications that lower blood pressure may cause you to blood pressure drops too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.

Taking it with other supplements that have the same effect can cause your blood pressure to drop too low. Examples of supplements with this effect include andrographis, casein peptides, L-arginine, niacin and nettle.

Reishi mushroom might slow blood clotting. Taking reishi mushrooms along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase he risk of bruises and hemorrhages.

Taking it with other supplements with similar effects might increase the risk of bleeding in some people. Examples of supplements with this effect include garlic, ginger, ginkgo, nattokinase and panax ginseng.

Reishi mushroom has been most commonly used by adults in doses of 1,400-5,400 mg orally daily, usually in divided doses.

Reishi mushroom extracts have also been used in lower doses.

Talk to a healthcare provider to find out what dosage might be best for a specific condition.

With information from Medline Plus

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