Reishi mushrooms have remarkable powers and you don’t have to be ailing to take this supplement. It normalizes all body functions; i.e. if your blood pressure is low, it raises it to a normal level; if your heart beats weakly, it increases the strength of your heartbeat. This once rare mushroom is now successfully cultivated and available to all of us and can seem to ensure a long, healthy life when taken regularly. When fresh, the mushroom is soft and cork-like. When dried, it’s like a piece of wood, hard. Its beneficial properties are water soluble so soaking the mushroom in warm water will make a very healing tea. I did this one time and not having any guidelines, put the mushroom in the compost pile–where it later produced more mushrooms. Use the search box and inquire on “mushroom” for a complete listing of mushrooms on this site.