The Reishi/Lingzhi mushroom is a miraculous fungus that grows wild around here. It has a long history (over 2,000 years) in Asia of promoting health and longevity. In the U.S. it is used as an anti-cancer medicine, especially anti-metastasis, and it shows real promise against this disease. Reishi/Lingzhi is currently in high demand as it takes many months for the fruiting bodies to grow. Therefore, I think I will keep my patch a secret.
Of course, it’s well known around these parts that fairies have been using these mushrooms for a very long time, hence their longevity. They know how to use all the secret things of the woods, and they have no need for the modern pharmacopeia. I already make many of my own simple medicines and cures, and I get the feeling they like that because they know I respect natural cures. If there’s anything a fairy hates, it’s a “modern medicine man” (you can read between the lines there) turning up his nose at their “primitive” treatments. When a rapport has been firmly established, I will begin studying their medicines and tonics. Until that time, I have no choice but to rely on “modern” understanding of such mushrooms/herbs and my own instinct. My own instinct hasn’t served me wrong yet, so I shall always turn there first.