Linh Chi Dan sounds like the name of a beautiful, young Vietnamese girl. Linh means “spirit, spiritual; soul; miraculous; supernatural; sacred; divine; mysterious; efficacious; effective”. Chi means “plant of longevity; fungus; seed; branch; mushroom; excrescence”. Dan means “medicinal pill”. Put it all together and we have a Supernatural Mushroom Pill.
As pretty as the name sounds, it is actually quite ugly in form, and red as a baboon’s butt, to boot. This odd-shaped red mushroom has been cultivated by the ancient herbalists and go back as far as memory will allow. In fact, ancient scholars date the usage of this mushroom back over seven-thousand years ago. The Chinese called it Linghzhi (靈芝), the Koreans called it YeongJi (영지,靈芝), and the Japanese called it Reishi (靈). It was quite rare back then, and only the royalty had access to the mushroom. However, in recent times, the Japanese found a way to mass-cultivate this mushroom and now, it is much more accessible to the general public.
It is suppose to be used for general-health-and-well-being; however, if you ask my grandfather, who was a bona-fide card carrying herbal medicine doctor and teacher of the art and science of ancient herbal medicines (and a Taoist to boot), he would tell you the wondrous magical qualities of Linh Chi Dan. According to him, it is considered to be a drug which, when taken regularly, can assist the Taoist into immortality, as it is suppose to cultivate and develop the Shen.
Oh, those Taoist Immortals. What will they think of next?
Well, to be fair to those ancient folks, who am I to argue with Taoist Immortals, eh? I figured, if it gives me some small boost to my immune system, I’d take it just to keep from getting those nasty, nuisance, colds. If I get some extra Shen boost out of it, then Yay!
But I have a feeling that’s not going to happen to me. I’m just not quite made of the stuff that Taoist Immortals are suppose to embody. I’m too—bombastic. I’m too—blonde!
Well, I found out that I wasn’t too blonde to get intense, vivid, lucid Linh Chi Dan dreams. As I have stated before, I am not much into health foods, but I had heard that Linh Chi Dan, when taken regularly, promoted among other things, really cool dreams. I was like, sign me up! I promptly bought two bottles and started taking it twice a day, along with my daily double dose of skate liver oil (more on that later) in hopes of getting clearer and more lucid dreams.
After a few weeks on this stuff, I have to say, it really does deliver the dreams. Forget the immortality Shen part, just give me the cool dreams!