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About the Zhi Mushroom

pic-why2 Coriolus versicolor is known as Yunzhi in ancient China. In Chinese, the first word “yun” means cloud and the second word “Zhi” refers to a mushroom with powerful health-promoting properties.

The effects of “Zhi” have been known for centuries and are documented in Chinese medical texts throughout history. The earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference, Shennong Bencaojing (Classic of Herbal Medicine), published over hundreds of years ago regarded “Zhi” as a godly medicine. In the Ming dynasty (1368-1644AD), Li Shizhen’s Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of Materia Medica) described the zhi’s effects as invigorating vital energy, maintaining one’s optimal weight, favoring longevity and avoiding unnecessary aging, if taken appropriately.

Researchers started asking new questions in light of the broad health benefits of zhi mushrooms recorded. They began to ask if these well-known effects might also be related to our immune function in terms of modern physiology, and consensus proved immuno-enhancing effects play a major role in the overall health benefits of zhi mushrooms. Researchers from all fields such as fungus biology, botany, herbology, pharmacology, biology, physiology, biochemistry, Western medicine, TCM, immunology and even oncology are studying zhi mushrooms to better understand the health benefits locked inside them. Research evidences from these studies show some promising results in different in-vitro and in-vivo study settings. The most researched of the zhi mushrooms are the Yunzhi (Coriolus versicolor) and Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidium).

Immune Health

In Western physiology, the immune system guards the body against any foreign body invasions. These foreign bodies include pathological microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins. Our immune system also keeps guard against any abnormal cells or any abnormal changes in the cells of the body that are recognized as foreign by the immune system. Some research suggests that if these abnormal cells develop mechanisms to escape the recognition and elimination by the immune system, serious health consequences may occur. These functions are known as immune defense and immune surveillance respectively.

White blood cells are the main cells that "execute" the immune functions for the boy

There are various types of white blood cells taking part in different parts of the immune system. They include the acquired immune system, which can form antibodies and activated lymphocytes that attack and destroy specific foreign organisms and toxins. Cells involved in the acquired immune system include cytotoxic T cells, helper T cells and suppressor T cells. The T lymphocyte system can kill foreign bodies directly once induced by antigens of foreign bodies and/or by the subsequent activation of plasma and “memory” cells of the B lymphocyte system, which produce antibodies upon antigen stimulation and activation.

There is another innate immune system that does not need antigen stimulation and activation, including natural killer cells, macrophages, and neutrophils. These cells act as the body’s first line of defense and can kill the foreign bodies before the activation of the T cells and B-lymphocytes. In addition to immune cells, some small molecular proteins also take part in the immune system and help regulate and mediate the activities of the immune cells. These proteins are called cytokines. Interleukins (IL), interferon (IF) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF) are examples of cytokines.

In Chinese medicine, there is no specific term for "immunity"

pic-whyInstead, it embraces the holistic concept of balancing. Chinese medicine focuses on the internal harmony of qi to maintain immune health. This internal harmony encompasses the balance of qi movement throughout the body and the balance of qi in the organs. If any organ is disturbed, the body becomes susceptible to certain types of evil qi in the environment. In the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine), there is a classic saying, “If normal qi is present inside our body, evils cannot interfere with the body.“

 

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