Anti-inflammatory Reishi

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Anti-inflammatory Reishi

In a paper presented at the Third Academic/Industry Joint Conference in Sapporo, Japan, in 1990, pharmacologist William Stavinoha (University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio) elucidated his investigations into Ganoderma lucidum. This mushroom, the reishi mushroom, was classified over 2,000 years ago as a superior medicine. Using two pharmacologic tests, Dr. Stavinoha showed Ganoderma exhibits strong anti-inflammatory activity with "no untoward effects." In this experiment, the Ganoderma extracts were compared to the well-known anti-inflammatory agents hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone, and aspirin, all of which have serious side effects and toxicity. The activity of the gill powder (spores) from Ganoderma mushrooms was comparable with hydrocortisone and aspirin, and exceeded the activity of phenylbutazone. The spores were effective both orally and as topical applications. (Stavinoha, W. (Aug. 1990) Third Academic/Industry Joint Conference in Sapporo, Japan. Unpublished.)

American Botanical Council.

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By Rob McCaleb

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