ozonehole -have you used lingzi as a way out of a flare-up? Or is this something that you just use as a maintenance...have you flared on them?
I have read your posts on them before and was so interested I went out and bought bags of them. I then got myself into a very bad flare before I could really try them. I am now on prednisone an starting humira soon. Maybe it wouldnt be a good idea to use these mushrooms while on such drugs?
Hi LauryLu. Sorry I didn't respond to your post earlier, but this weekend I was outdoors and never got online.
I started using lingzhi when I was having a flare. It produced some pretty quick results (diarrhea was reduced in just a few days). But it has taken months to really say the "miracle" has occurred. But yes, I feel like it's a miracle - I've dumped all my other medications. I am able to drink coffee now, something I haven't been able to do in years (though no doubt I'd be better off without it - caffeine has been my near-fatal addiction).
I drink a lingzhi solution (I boil my own) 3 times daily. I also have lingzhi in capsules which I take when I'm traveling because it's inconvenient to boil and store the liquid the refrigerator when I'm not at home. However, the capsules cost many times more expensive than the raw product, and that's why I prefer to "roll my own" as they say.
After I made my original post on lingzhi, several people said they went out and bought it, and then...nothing more said, no follow up. I posted a couple more times to ask if anyone had continued with the experiment for a few months to see if it helped, but no replies. I guess that nobody was convinced to continue. I think if you're serious about
trying lingzhi, you've got to give it about
three months to see if it works for you. If it doesn't, then little is lost - it's far less expensive than most drugs, and I've never heard of anybody suffering side effects. If it does work, then it's certainly worthwhile.
Again, as I've emphasized before, it does matter that the lingzhi you're taking is real. There is probably some useless junk on the market calling itself lingzhi or reishi. I am very suspicious of the low prices I've seen on the internet - my understanding is that making the extract is an expensive process. The capsules are not merely ground-up lingzhi, but rather lingzhi that has been boiled for two hours minimum, and dried to obtain the extract, which is then added to powder and put into capsules.
Sadly, anything manufactured in China is suspect. Here in Taiwan where I live, we're very leery of most things made in China, especially medicines. The lingzhi I buy is grown in China, but since I'm buying the whole mushrooms, they can't be faked. The capsules I buy are manufactured in Taiwan. As for the stuff you buy on the internet, well, it's potluck. No doubt there are reputable companies out there, but I can't advise you which ones are good.
This is a link to a supplier of the capsules that I buy (when I buy capsules, which isn't often). But I doubt that they ship outside of Taiwan, and the web site is in Chinese only:
If you live somewhere near a Chinatown, you could no doubt buy it there. Or even get it shipped. But the mushrooms, even though dried, must be kept refrigerated. They get moldy quickly if left at room temperature.
The capsules do not seem to mold at room temperature IF THEY ARE KEPT IN THE DARK. I notice they mold quickly if exposed to light. That's probably a good way to tell if the capsules are real lingzhi, or fake. Of course, humidity has something to do with it (Taiwan is very humid, like Florida).
If you have any questions at all, please ask. You can PM me. I am happy to help anyone who wants to try this.
Crohn's since 1988