I've been taking reishi for about 2 months with the objective of increasing shen and more specifically - better general well being, relaxation, mental functioning, releasing emotional baggage and all those great things everyone wants!
I'm really attracted to it. I think it slots really well into my meditation / yoga practice as a way of keeping the inner self strong and stable and increasing awareness.
I've has some strange effects from it though :-( After about ten days or so of use, I started to get this insatiable thirst. I was drinking about 7 litres of water a day to try and quench it! I heard there is a good chance that this was a detox symptom so I carried on and I was glad that it cleared up. However, it come back a few weeks later but again it died down. These episodes lasted about 3 days each. About ten days ago I started getting REALLY thirsty again. For the past ten days I have been HAMMERING the water. Its not normal how thirsty I have been getting.
I'm very confused because some sources say there are absolutely no side effects and if there is any side effects, they are detox symptoms (thirst being a common one because the body needs more water to dispel the toxins). Other sources clearly state that thirst ect can be an allergic reaction to the mushroom. I don't have any other food allergies I know of.
The fact that it has come and gone makes me think it's a detox symptom, however it's lasted a long time this third time and I don't know what to think.
I really don't want to stop taking it! But I just don't know what to think. Some websites say whatever reactions you may have, carry on taking it and they will subside. One even states that one way of not getting the full benefit is it stop taking it when these reactions happen as you essentially need to 'push through' the response.
Does anyone have any insights into this? Of course, I don't want to carry on taking it if I'm having an adverse / allergic reaction.
I would also be interested in hearing general experiences and opinions on reishi in this thread.