Reishi, Ganoderma lucidem

Reishi grows well on logs, stumps, and buried blocks of sawdust.  Using the methods described in Paul Stamets book Mycelium Running (pg 168), you can inoculate these immune boosting mushrooms in your own backyard!  The hardwood logs must be fresh cut from 10 days to no more than 2 months.  Use a small amount of gravel or sand in a garden pot, then place the inoculated log inside, filling it with more sand.  Let incubate for 6 months, in a shady, cool area.  Then soak the logs in water overnight to initiate a flush.

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, G. lucidem has also been shown to have positive results used for the following purposes as outlined  in Mycelium Running (pg38):

Antibacterial, anti-candida, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-viral, blood-pressure and blood sugar moderator, assists the cardiovascular system, is a cholesterol reducer, immune enhancer, kidney tonic, liver tonic, helps the lungs and respiratory system, it is a nerve tonic, and reduces stress.

In addition, Reishi or Ganoderma lucidem, has been shown to have direct antiviral activity against Herpes simplex I & II, HIV, Influenza, as well as Vesicular stomatitis. (pg 41)