In addition to the consumption of foods and supplements, herbs can also be another potent source of nutrition and nourishment for the body. Herbs have actually been used since prehistoric times, dating back to 13,000 and 25,000 B.C. Having survived the test of time, they are not only consumed to treat disease, but to also maintain and strengthen all systems found in the body. Three herbs which actually do this are the chaga mushroom, reishi, and schizandra.
The Chaga Mushroom
Known as “king of the mushrooms”, chaga contains some of the highest amounts of antioxidants and superoxide dismutase (SOD). It’s beneficial effects amount to anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties which help protect the body, promoting longevity, while facilitating the repair of DNA.
This herb can reduce stress, improve immune system function, improve use of oxygen in the body, strengthen the liver, and help the cardiovascular system to function more effectively. Reishi can have potent anti-aging effects and can help with mental function, improving focus and memory. Extracts of reishi have also been used for injections to treat cancer, hepatitis, and arthritis.
Reishi is also an herb which fortifies the three primary energies of life. According to chinese herbalism philosophy, these three energies are jing, qi, and shen. Jing represents the life force of an individual, affecting the length of time they will live. Qi is the element which provides the body with energy, making it possible for the individual to perform all the activities which are a part of life. Qi also makes it possible for the body to defend itself against harmful viruses and bacteria. Shen is the energy which allows a person to maintain their emotional balance.
According to chinese herbalism, schizandra is a quintessential herb which provides beneficial effects on all physical systems in the body. Like reishi, schizandra is another herb which fortifies the three primary energies of life.
Some of the more pronounced benefits around regular use of this herb include skin protection, the promotion of relaxed awareness on the mental-emotional level, and support in detoxification and cleansing of toxins.