Reishi Musrroms have earned the profound right of spiritual names such as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’ and ‘Mushroom of Spiritual Potency’ recognized and revered by Taoists, monks and Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors alike. Reishi has been one of the most sought after and powerful tonics in TCM pharmacopeia for over 2000 years making it one of the oldest mushrooms to be used therapeutically. As a rare mushroom, sometimes harvested to the point of near extinction, Reishi has built a reputation for itself as being something of a proverbial ‘Fountain of Youth’. Beyond its legendary proportions, there is a substantial amount of scientific research to back up these claims verifying its impressive medicinal properties that many doctors, particularly Chinese and Japanese, use as a first line of defense when treading the difficult waters of auto-immune diseases such as cancer, AIDS and Hepatitis. Reishi is best known and deeply impactful as a anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-viral ally making it a profound immune booster, which Reishi is equally renowned as a ‘Tonic Herb’. This little power-puncher supports overall well-being, vitality and quality of life when taken on a daily basis, which can be received by our body on a cellular level for a myriad of benefits whether one is sick or not. It offers tonality to all systems in our body acting as a powerful cell regenerator, which protects against wasting and degenerative ailments by fortifying and redeeming damaged tissues. I like to cook reishi in a brew along with other herbs for my tea or tisane, simmering the water down to half the original amount so as to extract the full medicinal value into the water. A small piece goes a long way as it can be reused anywhere from 6-8 times, still delivering its powerful qualities after many brews. I was so happy to find this mushroom when I happened upon a little Chinese Medicine store strolling through Covent Garden. Usually what I have back home are slices of the mushroom, so it’s a pleasure to work with the full personality of this little creature in its full glory!