Live Superfoods Reishi Mushroom Powder (Ganoderma lucidum) The reishi mushroom (as the Japanese call it, or lingzhi mushroom as the Chinese do) enjoys high respect and adoration in East Asia, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. It is known as the 'herb of good fortune'. Traditionally, Chinese herbalists claim reishi tonifies the three treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen). It is widely believed to prolong life and enhance intelligence and wisdom. Many studies of reishi's medicinal benefits are supporting traditional use of reishi for ? Immune system support ? Blood sugar support ? Cardiovascular support ? Adaptogenic - stress support Traditional use of the reishi mushroom goes back over 4,000 years, where it was considered an herb for longevity and to improve health. Due to its bitter taste, reishi is sometimes prepared as a hot water extract.Thinly sliced or ground reishi (either fresh or dried) is added to boiling water, the water is then brought to a simmer, and the pot is covered and simmered for several hours.The resulting liquid is fairly bitter in taste. The process is sometimes repeated. Alternatively, it can be used as an ingredient in a formula decoction or used to make an extract (in liquid, capsule, or powder form). Live Superfoods Reishi Mushroom Powder is comprised of the entire mushroom, dried at low temperatures, and then ground into a fine powder. It is a rich, brown color with a light, earthy fragrance and a bitter taste. 8 oz in resealable package.