Most of us eat on a daily basis. It may be the only thing most of us do consistently in our daily lives. So it makes sense that bringing healing foods into our diet could change our health dramatically. Some may say that all foods are healing at some level, but let’s look at one factor that does not change: YOU. So the question is, “What foods are most healing for me and my life’s purpose right now.” This is a good question to ask as we go diving into all the information out there for today’s food options.
Let’s take one food, specifically, that I feel covers many bases of health: “The Medicine of Kings”, Ganoderma Lucidum, Ling Zhi, or known to most of us as Reishi Mushroom. It supports the lungs, liver, and circulatory system and is used as a nervous system tonic and immune modulator. This is a nutritive fungus that feeds the mind, body, and spirit; it is a true three treasure tonic.
Lungs/ Breathing/Taking in life to the fullest: Reishi helps the lungs by improving oxygen utilization and slowly working with rebuilding tissue. However, by calming the nervous system it allows us to breathe deeply and more fully. It also helps with physical/emotional trauma trapped in the heart area. By releasing these tensions around the lungs we can fully breathe into our life force.
Liver/Blood Cleanser/Moving into the life I desire: Reishi helps the liver by increasing circulation and releasing stagnant blood. The liver keeps our blood cleansed. Our circulatory system often holds emotional wounds. Reishi is known as “The Great Comforter”. As these old emotions are released, Reishi holds your hand like a dear friend. As we release the old it makes room for the new with original thoughts and actions. Reishi is helping clear the blood on many levels.
Heart/Blood Mover/Experiencing joy in my life: Reishi helps the heart by warming it and strengthening the heartbeat physically and emotionally. It takes the energy stored in the heart, Shen, and balances it so we may feel calm and happy. When Shen is disturbed we can feel anxiety and depression. We all can travel into the secret world of our heart to find our disturbances and release them. Reishi can support us here.
Reishi moves the blood, helps us breathe in new life, and releases old traumas that keep our body, mind, and spirit from connecting to our deepest health. It’s an adaptogen that supports our immune and endocrine systems and our heart, lungs, and liver. Do not get me wrong – simply eating Reishi is not the final destination; but when taken in conjunction with a positive lifestyle and awareness of self it has been proven over the ages to help create a safe and supportive environment for true healing.
You can purchase Reishi at Asian markets and online.
How do I eat it? One Word: SOUP (you take it from here). Be Well.
Author: Geoff Lamden is a naturopath, teacher, foodie, and home remedy maker. Geoff helps those he works with create a deeper connection to themselves, their community, and their natural surroundings for lasting health. Geoff practices naturopathy at Continuum Healing and grows food, Kombucha and community at home and in his family’s garden. He believes that when a person becomes well, a chain reaction of health is started within and around them. It is his honor to offer the gift of wholeness to those he works with.