Microdosing caps or reishi mushroom are among several medicinal mushrooms that have been used for hundreds of years, mainly in Asian countries, for treatment of infections. More recently, they have also been used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases and cancer. Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use as single agents or combined with chemotherapy.
The reishi mushroom is also known as lingzhi.
Why do people take reishi mushroom?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Cardiovascular disease
- Liver or kidney disease
- Respiratory diseases (such as asthma)
- Viral infections (such as the flu)
- Cancer and support during chemotherapy
- Pain during and after a shingles outbreak
- Building strength and stamina
There is some scientific evidence of its effectiveness, including lab research and some small human studies. Researchers are beginning to look at the chemical makeup of this mushroom to better understand how and whether it really works for each of these conditions.
- Your age
- Condition for which the mushroom is being prescribed
- Form of the mushroom
- Your overall health
But each of these is a typical oral daily dose:
- 1.5 to 9 grams of crude dried mushroom
- 1 to 1.5 grams of reishi powder
- 1 milliliter of reishi solution (tincture)