Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi)

Reishi mushroom, ling ahi, genoderma

Ling Zhi, also known as Ganoderma, Reishi Mushroom, or Lucid Ganoderma is the symbol of immortality in China and is among THE rarest and most precious herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used for over 2000 years. It is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.

Tradition of the Chinese people say “Ling Zhi, the miraculous plant, has the virtue of raising the dead and giving him life again.”

Ling Zhi contains ergosterol, organic acid, 6-Amino glucose, resin, mannitolum, proteinum hydolysatum, biogenic base, meat fat, dicaumandum and a variety of enzymes.

It helps a great deal to promote the function of the heart and the mental activities, increase vigor, strengthen the joints, invigorate the sinews, build the bones and beautify the complexion. It brings about results to accelerate blood circulation, dispel fatigue and safeguard the liver. It is efficacious for neurasthenia and chronic bronchitis. A regular daily dose as prescribed keeps one always healthy and strong, preserves complexion and assures one’s longevity.

It’s Germanium content is 4 to 6 times higher than Ginseng. All of these substances are known to be effective for strengthening the immune system and restoring normal bodily functions. Ling Zhi attracted medical attention for its effect in preventing and mitigating a variety of clinical conditions:

Neurasthenia, Insomnia, Amnesia
Influenza and common cold
Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma
Allergic disorders (allergic and chronic rhinitis)
Hypertension and Hypotension
Coronary heart diseases, Arrhythmia
High Cholesterol (LDL)
Stomach ache
Arthritis, Rheumatism
Back pain
Skin Care
Allergic dermatosis
Hair loss
Female endocrine disorder, Female physiological disease, menstrual disorder
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Stroke, Hyperlipidemia, Thombosis
Longevity and protection against diseases

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

(source: http://www.chinesenaturalherbs)

Because of its bitter taste, lingzhi is traditionally prepared as a hot water extract product.Thinly sliced or pulverized lingzhi (either fresh or dried) is added to a pot of boiling water, the water is then reduced to a simmer, and the pot is covered; the lingzhi is then simmered for two hours.

A 2015 Cochrane database review found insufficient evidence to justify the use of G. lucidum as a first-line cancer treatment. It suggests that G. lucidum may have “benefit as an alternative adjunct to conventional treatment in consideration of its potential of enhancing tumour response and stimulating host immunity”. Jin, Xingzhong; Ruiz, Beguerie Julieta; Sze, Daniel Man-yuen; Chan, Godfrey C.F. (2015). “Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment”. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 4: CD007731.)

Reishi mushroomgrows mainly in subtropical zones. The fungal plant grows on dead or dying eastern hemlock or areas that lack of sunlight, and dampnes (humidity). Nowadays, the supply is mainly sourced from cultivation, mainly from Jiangxi and Zhejiang and other provinces of China.


Gordana Smith

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