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Reishi Mushroom

“Reishi” is the mature fruiting body of Ganoderma lucidum, the most studied and widely used variety of Reishi mushroom in Asia. The ultra – important, widely – known herb most commonly known in America as “Reishi” is a woody mushroom that has been used in Asia since prehistoric times. The Chinese name for this kind of woody fungus is Ling Zhi. Though the herb was discovered in ancient China or Korea, it is most widely known in America by its Japanese name “Reishi.” The name “Reishi” generally refers to a few very closely related species of woody mushroom, of which Ganoderma lucidum is the most important from a tonic herbal perspective. The names “Reishi” and “Lingzhi” literally mean “Supernatural Fungus.”

Reishi is arguably the most important and most revered herb used by Asian people throughout history to promote radiant health, longevity and a more centered state of mind. Continuous consumption of Reishi helps to improve functioning of our whole body system. Reishi provides immunological, neurological, metabolic, hepatic and vascular support functions. Traditionally, it is valued as a tonic herb that can help pave the path to and help maintain radiant health on all levels. It was prized by Taoists, Buddhists, royalty and herbalists of all levels.

Research conducted in the last two decades has clarified and substantiated a vast number of Reishi’s actions. Reishi contains over 800 biologically active constituents that benefit virtually every cell of the human body in some way.  An online search of the scientific research on Reishi can be an endless, joyful and enlightening exercise, revealing a multitude of potential benefits and uses. It is best used as a primary tonic, an herbal dietary supplement, on a daily basis. Reishi is very safe and may be used throughout one’s lifetime. Like all herbs, especially the tonic and major remedial herbs, Reishi grows wild in a variety of natural environments, and is also widely cultivated. Both wild and cultivated varieties are available from Dragon Herbs.

Di Tao™

Di Tao means “authentic source.” In Asia, the concept of Di Tao™ is of great importance. All herbs grow best in certain areas. These traditional and scientifically confirmed growing areas are called “Di Tao.” Dragon Herbs sources its Reishi from the Di Tao™ growing region for Reishi known as the Wuyi Mountains, at high altitude and far away from civilization. The Reishi plantation lies between a mountain hardwood forest and a mountain stream that is, along with rain water and mountain mist, the only source of water. The air is pure, the soil is unadjusted forest loam, and there is no pollution.

Wild and Cultivated

Ganoderma lucidum can be collected from the wild. It is not endangered and it grows on various kinds of hardwood trees in mountainous forests throughout Asia. Ganoderma lucidum is often referred to as “Red Reishi” because it is usually a brick red color.

Because wild Ganoderma lucidum is relatively rarest and difficult to standardize, Reishi is widely cultivated in Asia, accounting for their widespread usage in herbalism and dietary supplement commerce.

The specific species of trees that Reishi grows on varies according to location and can have a huge impact on the look and chemistry of the Reishi.

Dragon Herbs sources its Reishi from the Di Tao™ growing region for Reishi known as the Wuyi Mountains, at high altitude and far away from civilization. Insert Caption here

Duanwood™ Reishi

Duanwood™ Reishi (cultivated) is the world-standard for excellent Reishi. It is consistent, natural, clean and potent. Because of the excellent wood (logs) upon which it is grown, it may have profound immunological, cardiovascular, neurological and hepatic effects. It is extremely reliable. Dragon Herbs uses only Duanwood™ Reishi that has been mountain grown in the magnificent Wuyi Mountains in a remote forest, nurtured only on mountain water. This Duanwood™ Reishi is highly standardized and consistent. Dragon Herbs extracts these mushrooms at the peak of their potency. The highly concentrated water extract is produced in a world class factory using state of the art technology to ensure optimal constituent profile. Duanwood Reishi is a world class Qi tonic that supports immunological functions, and supports the liver, lungs, brain and other organ systems.

Reishi prefers a humid and hot environment. The Reishi field has rows upon rows of tents to keep the heat and moisture in.

Duanwood™ Reishi is a kind of Reishi that is grown on wood logs. Forest trees are sustainably harvested and cut into logs. Dragon Herbs Duanwood Reishi is grown on a tree known as Cyclobalanopsis glauca. The wood of this tree is very hard. It is commonly used to make handles for tools. It is the natural, preferred food for Reishi in the Wuyi Mountains. All logs must be at least 6” in diameter. Only this “Duanwood” (“wood logs”) is inoculated with Reishi spores. The Reishi consumes the log and, at the appropriate time, shoots up the fruiting body (mushroom), which then matures into a fully grown Reishi mushroom. It is harvested at the peak of its life cycle, ensuring maximum biological potency. The best time to harvest Duanwood™ Reishi is right after it has spread spores. Every two years, the Reishi field moves to a different area in the mountain so the soil has a chance to rejuvenate.

The reputation of Reishi over the past three thousand years is based on the fruiting body only. Dragon Herbs Duanwood Reishi is grown in the pristine Wuyi Mountain range in a semi-wild environment to simulate wild Reishi’s growing conditions as much as possible. This is to ensure the chemical profile resemblance.

Most Reishi sold on the market is grown on sawdust or rice hulls, not on the natural forest wood. In fact, most Reishi on the market is not even the fruiting body – it is just the mycelium, which is the fungus without a fruiting body developed from the sawdust. That is an inferior product. Reishi mycelium does not contain triterpenes, one of the most important active constituents in Reishi. Triterpenes are only produced when Reishi grows into a fruiting body. Hothouse Reishi and Reishi mycelium are grown in a completely man-made artificial environment. It endures no hardship during development; therefore, it is hard to say it possesses the qualities for which Reishi is famous. Products made of mycelium invariably contain some “culture medium” that mycelium grows in. This is not ideal as the medium is not intended for human consumption. Mycelium can’t be truly organic since it is “cultured.” Once it is fermented, it requires lots of nutrition to grow. Therefore, while eating the mycelium, people actually consume all those “nutrients” that have been added to the mycelium culture medium as well, including corn, starch, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, sugar, etc.

When deciding what kind of Reishi to buy, keep this simple fact in mind: Reishi mycelium takes 2-3 days to grow in a fermentation tank, while real Duanwood Reishi ™ mushroom fruiting body takes almost a year to mature naturally in the mountain. 2-3 days vs. 365 days.

Duanwood™ Reishi extract contains no “culture medium” by-products, because there is no culture medium. Only the fruiting body is used for extraction, and there is no artificially grown mycelial mass – just an inoculated natural Duanwood log planted in forest soil.

Dragon Herbs does not use hothouse Reishi mycelium in any of its products. All Dragon Herbs products that include cultivated Reishi, utilize Duanwood™ – forest harvested logs – as the Reishi’s food.

Ron with a radiantly healthy Duanwood™ Reishi farmer. Summer 1994
When the Duanwood™ Reishi fruiting body reaches maturity, it suddenly releases spores.
The spores are far more potent than even the fruiting body.
The white cylinders are “spore collection chambers.” 100 pounds of Duanwood
Reishi fruiting bodies produce just 1 pound of Reishi spores.

Uncracked Reishi Spores

Cracked Reishi Spores

Reishi spores have extremely hard shells. Only after the shells are cracked can the active components inside be released and become bio-available.

 


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Duanwood Reishi

Duanwood Reishi

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Duanwood Reishi Drops

Duanwood Reishi Drops

Reishi mushroom is arguably the greatest tonic herb on earth, the elite substance for the attainment of radiant health, longevity and spiritual attainment. It is very safe and non-toxic. The red Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is a superb anti-stress herb. Taoists have continuously claimed that Reishi promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. That is why it was called the "Mushroom of Spiritual Potency" by these seekers. This product is made from 100% Duanwood™ Reishi, the most powerful form of Reishi. Duanwood Reishi is far more powerful than common hothouse Reishi and Reishi mycelium, the most common sources of raw materials on the American market. "Duanwood" means "original wood." The Reishi is organically grown on a remote, pristine mountain plantation, on logs cut wild from the forest. The logs are from the same trees that Reishi grows on in the wild. Mountain spring water is used for irrigation, producing the most potent Reishi.
$36.00
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Wild Reishi Drops

Wild Reishi Drops

Wild Reishi has been revered for millennia. Dragon Herbs Wild Reishi is 100% Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) collected in the remote, pristine forests of Changbai Mountain in Manchuria. It is one of the world’s greatest herbal treasures. Because it is wild-collected, its chemistry will be very broad. It is superb for building Jing and Shen, especially Shen. It is among the great Shen tonic herbs in the world. Taoists revered this Reishi as the “Herb of Spiritual Potency.” Consistent consumption of wild Reishi is believed in Asia to have a noticeable, positive impact on ones Shen, including peace of mind, joy, emotional stability, optimism, sleep, clarity of thought, and so on. Wild Reishi has excellent effects on all the systems of the body, including the liver and immune system.
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Reishi Spore Oil - 30 softgels

Reishi Spore Oil - 30 softgels

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Reishi Spore Oil - 90 softgels

Reishi Spore Oil - 90 softgels

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Four Kings

Four Kings

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Supreme Protector

Supreme Protector

This best-selling Dragon Herbs formula is our primary formula for protection. It contains Reishi mushroom, Astragalus root and Cordyceps mushroom to build Qi and support immune functions. Schizandra is the other major component because it provides protection from toxins by tonifying and clearing toxins from the liver.
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Protector 2000

Protector 2000

This formula contains the three strongest immune modulators know to Chinese herbalism. Cracked-shell Reishi spores are the primary ingredient in Protector 2000 (50%). Protector 2000 also contains Whole Goji extract standardized to 40% Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides (LBP), and Agaricus mushroom extract. Dragon Herbs Reishi spores are collected from Duanwood™ Reishi, organically grown at the Wu Yi Mountain Reishi Plantation. The essential nutrients of Reishi are contained in its spores. It takes 100 pounds of Duanwood Reishi fruiting bodies to produce just 1 pound of Reishi spores. Reishi spores have extremely hard shells. Only after the shells are cracked can the active components inside be released and become bio-available for human consumption. Cracked-shell Reishi spores can be up to 70 times more potent than the original Reishi fruit body of the same weight.
$65.00
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Tao in a Bottle

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Liver Tonic

Liver Tonic

Liver tonic is actually a blend of super-tonics that benefit the liver by purifying and tonifying it for long-term health. This is not a quick fix product. It is designed to be used for as long as one wishes in order to establish and maintain optimal liver health while providing adaptogenic benefit to the entire body.
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CardioPro 2000

CardioPro 2000

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22 Reishis

22 Reishis

22 Reishis Drops is a unique, extremely potent tonic mushroom extract designed by Ron Teeguarden based on traditional and current "Reishi mushroom" usage in Asia. 22 Reishis Drops is a supreme herbal achievement that serious herbal connoisseurs will appreciate and enjoy. 22 Reishis Drops is a blend of twenty-two very powerful, 100% wild-collected woody mushrooms that are all categorized as either "Reishi" or "Reishi-related." These 22 types of tonic mushrooms are extracted together using the world's most advanced extraction technology to produce an over-the-top protective tonic elixir. The mushrooms have an extraordinary range of activities that protect and support our radiant health.
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Purple Reishi Drops

Purple Reishi Drops

Purple Reishi is a variety of Ganoderma lucidum that grows in Western China. It is the most rare variety of true Reishi. It is a potent Jing tonic and has been highly sought after by longevity enthusiasts (Taoists) throughout the centuries. It is equally revered as a Shen tonic, which is another reason that it is so highly favored by herbal connoisseurs. Like all high quality Reishi, it is a superb Qi tonic that supports immune functions throughout the body. This wild Purple Reishi is a Dragon Herbs exclusive in America. It is produced by state of the art extraction technology utilizing cutting edge oil traps to capture all aromatic and essential oils and fatty acids.
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Antler-Shaped Reishi Drops

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