Ganoderma, a rare variety of Mushroom
credited with the highest medicinal qualities by the classic Chinese ‘Seng
Nong’ is indeed a subject of much research from the ancient china of 100
B.C. or earlier to the modern times by various universities and research
organizations. It is also known as Linghzi in China and Reishi in Japan.
It is said that in the ancient times anyone
who found the rare Linghzi never revealed the place and kept it a secret of
health, longevity and wealth. The Japanese revered the herb as ‘God’s Herb’
where it is known as Reishi.
medicine was considered so auspicious that its medical efficacy has been
attested to in the oldest Chinese medical text (over 2,000 years old). The
book, which is known in Japan as "Shinnoh Honsohkyo", is now accepted as being the original textbook
of Oriental medical science. In it, 365 kinds of medicines are classified
and explained. Ganoderma is classified as “Superior Herb” or "God's Herbs"
and they are for perpetual youth and longevity. The book states that for
"superior" medicines, any amount can be taken as desired on a continuous
basis with no unfavorable effects. Of the superior medicines listed in the
text, Lingzhi was rated number one. You can see how important and powerful
Lingzhi was considered in ancient times. It achieved its ranking in the
Chinese text not because of its symbolic importance as a good omen but
because of its medicinal properties. Centuries ago, Lingzhi was said to be a
medicine that would grant you eternal youth and longevity.
2,000 years, Lingzhi has jumped into the spotlight as a specific medicine
for cancer. This must be a bitter irony for those in the modern medical
profession who discounted the herbal remedies and oriental medicine as being
“old wives' tales". The families of many cancer patients who have received a
diagnostic "death sentence" now seek reishi as the only way left for them.
Mushrooms grows only on old tree barks with specific conditions difficult to
Till 1971 the
herb was so rare that it was hardly sited except in mountainous areas. Many
researchers had attempted to plant Ganoderma artificially but failed. Till
in 1971 directed by Naoi Department of Agriculture and Professor Zenzaburo
Kasai, Kyoto University made a breakthrough
in its cultivation.
herb is grown only by 10 countries. The demand far outstrips supply due to
the increasing evidence through various researches on its efficacy in
treating many disease including Cancer, HIV, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Liver
disorders and mainly as a preventive due its rich anti oxidant and
detoxifying qualities. You can check further resources at
Some of the
research in Japan indicates that those that have taken Ganoderma for over a year the visit
to doctors dropped into half. There are thousands of research paper
available including on the internet on the subject of the healing
breakthroughs achieved by Ganoderma in various treatments and too lengthy to
discuss here. However we can highlight the research in short.
from these reports, it is found that Lingzhi have the following properties:
Improves hyper and
Improves nervous tension,
Improves chronic bronchitis,
Improves leukocytopenia and
Effective in numerous other
major killers these days are: cancer, cerebrosis and coronary diseases. The
latter two have their etiology closely linked to the blood circulatory
system. Related problems like stroke, heart block, arteriosclerosis, obesity
etc. are all tied to problems in the blood circulation. One out of three
persons dies from one of the above ailments everyday.
correct this imbalance and strengthen the system to prevent further
noteworthy are its preventive capabilities. For the 21st century man,
stressed out, poisoned by the polluted atmosphere, wrong food habits and
drug induced illnesses of the modern medicine. While modern medicine has
been very effective in treating certain conditions effectively and
immediately, they do not address the holistic approach of the ancient
medicine as a preventive and for regeneration of wasted tissues and damaged
Ganoderma has been proven to exert significant effect on diminishing pain,
fortifying the body's immune system and prolonging life. Even though its
role in cancer control has not been determined 100 percent yet.
a history of 3,000 years, during which time it is widely used by many people
with no reported unfavorable side effects. It is therefore highly recommend
for prevention. I hope that people from all walks of life will take a
concerned interest and share in development of Herbal treatments. Hopefully,
with so much research and emerging evidence, Ganoderma can bring a brighter
outlook to the human race in the conquest of longevity.