Reishi has been rated the top medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, with ginseng in second place. It is still the most important herb in the Orient and the most thoroughly researched. Reishi contains over 200 active ingredients and unique compounds that are the most biologically active obtainable from any plant source. In order to obtain maximum benefit, reishi is best taken as an extract because it is a very tough, woody mushroom and the raw biomass is very difficult to digest. Reishi is an adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body adapt to both environmental and psychological stress. Herbs like Reishi are taken to support the nervous, endocrine, and immune system, as well as adrenals, which are in charge of stress management. Adaptogens are viewed as strong stabilisers for the body, therefore they are believed to help balance our body and mind. For example, if one is feeling too frantic or restless, they may take it to help ground them. Additionally, one may take it if their feeling sluggish, tired or fatigued for energy.