Ganoderma Lucidum is a mushroom that belongs to the family of Ganoderma. It is popularly known by its Chinese name Lingzhi mushroom and by its Japanese name Reishi mushroom. The use of this mushroom as a traditional remedy for medicine has been around 4,000 years. It is one of the oldest mushrooms known to be used medicinally. Because of its presumed health benefits, Ganoderma Lucidum has gained reputation in the eastern culture as an alternative remedy for medicine.
In the old times, the mushroom was used by the royal people and emperors of East Asia. Its uses were not popular in the western culture until later times. Today, the use of this mushroom is in capsules and is served as a food supplement. Some people have a misconception that food supplements of Ganoderma Lucidum are known to cure certain diseases. Food supplements are not medicines, and this mushroom is just being used because of its health benefits.
Ganoderma Lucidum is an antioxidant. It helps in eliminating free radicals in our body to prevent cancer and faster aging.
The mushroom is also especially good in the cardiovascular and respiratory system:
- Cardiovascular: It lowers high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the body leading to the prevention of hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease, and other heart conditions.
- Respiratory: It is claimed that Ganoderma Lucidum reduces the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory related problems.
This mushroom has also anti inflammatory effect that helps in relieving arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscles aches, bone pain, body pains, and local injury.
Aside from this, Ganoderma Lucidum also helps in relieving sleep-related problems such as insomnia.
It also has an anti-fungal property that inhibits fungal growths.
The Usages and Researches
The use of this mushroom is a licensed medical treatment in Japan and China. While the merchandise of food supplements containing Ganoderma Lucidum is widely accepted in these two countries, ongoing researches in the United States and United Kingdom are still being conducted to prove the health benefits it carries. Researches in Japan and China are also being conducted to further unfold the health benefits of this mushroom.
The use of Ganoderma Lucidum is not yet approved in the United States and other countries but it is claimed that the primary action of this mushroom is to strengthen the immune system. Recently, the price of the mushroom in the market became expensive because of its growing popularity. The demand of the lingzhi (the Chinese name) mushroom is greater than the supply. The problem is that the plant is not found worldwide. The growth of this mushroom is only limited to East Asia and some parts of Asia. What is more interesting is that the mushroom only grows on certain trees.
For those who believe in the benefits of the Lingzhi or Reishi (the Japanese name) mushroom, a healthy lifestyle is needed to achieve its optimum effects. The balance of exercise, right foods and the absence of bad habits will help in achieving the healthy benefits of this mushroom.