A man writes in to ask about reishi mushrooms, having heard that they offer a wide range of health benefits. He wants to know if there are any drawbacks to taking them. What are reader experiences with reishi mushrooms? The Reishi or Linghzi mushroom, Latin name: Ganoderma Lucidum, originates from the Orient, is now spreading all over the Middle East and is also already in the US and Canada. Yet - apart from a small outlet in Cyprus, it has not reached the European market. It was known as the King of Herbs - top of the list - in the ancient Chinese medical texts, dating back more than 2000 years! Its beauty is that it is an adaptogen, so it will help pretty much any disease of the body, with no side effects. All it ever claims to do is (1) detox the body, and (2) enhance the immune system. Thus it is the perfect champion to give to a patient undergoing the ravages of chemo- and radiotherapy! It can safely be given to all - from the womb to the tomb - even alongside prescription drugs.