Food as Medicine
By MortazaviBlog on Jan 09, 2006
Last Thursday, my family and I went to a Chinese restaurant recommended by my daughters' piano teacher.
We ordered a course for four, and I chose a mushroom dish as one of the four dishes which we could order as part of the deal but I didn't touch the mushrooms until my wife served me a large piece of the top, which looked like two round pieces attached together. I ate it with little thought but in about half-an-hour, I experienced an amazing, almost overwhelming change. After a long, tiring day, I had suddenly become more clear and alert. My eyes, which are usually equiped with glasses, seemed to be viewing a further and wider scope, and I seemed to be present in the moment with a pleasant sensation throughout my body. When I talked about this to my wife and daughters, they dismissed it with a laugh but after some insistence on my part, we started looking at the table to search for what had affected me. Other than the duck tongues, I had had everything else before in some setting. The only thing new was the mushrooms. We summoned the floor manager, and asked him about the mushrooms.
And this morning, just before departing home, I spotted a Wall Street Journal article on Dr. Akira Endo, a Japanese scientist who has cultivated fungi for their medicinal, anti-cholesterol and other effects since the 1960s. ("Stalking Cholesterol: How One Scientist Intrigued by Molds Found First Statin — Feat of Japan's Dr. Endo Led To Heart-Care Revolution But Brought Him Nothing — Nature as a Drug Laboratory" Peter Landers, WSJ, January 9, 2006; Page A1.)
Returning to Reishi, much useful information can be found on the web. For example, see references by Dylan Kosma and Daniel J. Royse. It is also mentioned by the Taoists as the "Elixir of Life". People interested in Reishi might also be interested in Lichens. UC Davis, where I spent 7 years doing graduate work, offers a course in edible mushroom cultivation.