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The Effectiveness of Ganoderma

Ganoderma healing improves the body's vitality which helps the body adapt to the environment.  It adjusts the physiological balance, improves the resistance to diseases and strengthens the self-healing ability.  Unlike the Western medicines, Western medicines directly kill bacteria, viruses, and eliminate the diseased cells. However, Ganoderma healing is comparably slower.  It generally takes three days to see the improvements after consuming Ganoderma.  It might also take eight to ten days or even a month for some other patients. 

Ganoderma healing is comparatively stable and effective on improving the body system.  In treatment of one disease, it might also increase the rehabilitation of other diseases as well at the same time if there are any.

(A) the efficacy to tumors:
Ganoderma improves and enhances the body's immune system.  It improves the patients’ immune cells to the destruction of the tumor cells, and muffles the tumor's ability by forming a solid and thick fiber layer around it.  The layer then blocks the tumor from the sources of nutrition.  This will therefore delay or inhibit the growth of tumors.  However, a small number of tumors are usually cured.

Most cancer patients will see significant improvements after taking Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma spores.  Ganoderma lucidum generally increases appetite and improves insomnia.  Once the tumor growth is inhibited, immune functions would be easily restored.  Therefore, mental strength and quality of surivival can be increased and hence, life would be prolonged.

Combined with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Ganoderma lucidum can significantly reduce the side effects from these therapies.  It helps prevent the body and the immune function from being damaged by these therapies.  Patients can then be supported to the last treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Thus, Ganoderma lucidum enhances the effect of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.


How effective is Ganoderma lucidum?

Author:  Yang Jin Lu

Pictures and information provided by:  Dr. Liang Xi Yun

Recent Chinese and Western medicine researches show that Ganoderma has multiple healing functions, with strengthening the body's immune system and anti-cancer efficacy significantly in particular.  Is this based on any scientific research?  As there are currently numerous Ganoderma products available in the market, it might be difficult to identify the authenticity of these products.  How do we identify the authentic products?

Recent scientific research shows that the Ganoderma spores (seeds) have a certain effect on the inhibition of cancer.  In fact, after years of Chinese and Western medical research, it has been found that Ganoderma contains large amounts of polysaccharides which enhance the body's immunity.  In particular, it helps reduce the side effects caused by cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Dr. Liang Xi Yun, the current Master of the Institute of Medicine Quality Research Laboratory at Hong Kong Baptist University who specializes in Ganoderma research, confirmed that Ganoderma lucidum is a type of fungi.  Moreover, this fungus is high in metabolism as each cell has its own function.  As Ganoderma lucidum consists of approximately 150 kinds of chemicals, lab experiments also show that these chemicals have bioactivity, which results in medicinal effect.

Amongst all the ingredients in Ganoderma lucidum, the polysaccharides have the most significant effect.  Polysaccharides are proven to strengthen the human body's immune system, which protects the body from pathogens and other foreign substances including bacteria, virus, and all types of carcinogens.  As such, Ganoderma can cure a variety of diseases, especially cancers.

Dr. Liang states that according to many clinical reports, Ganoderma can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and electrotherapy such as hair loss, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, altered taste, oral mucosal inflammation, and etc.


How do we choose Ganoderma?

Lucidenic is the most common kind of Ganoderma which one can often find in the market.  When choosing Ganoderma, it is best to pick one that is normal size as the bigger ones are often aged and lignified, which reduces the efficacy of Ganoderma.  In terms of coloration, shades of brown indicate good quality.  Dr. Liang pointed out, by comparing the wild Ganoderma and the cultivated ones, the cultivated ones are more round and even in shape.  Although some say that the wild ones have higher efficacy, this has not been scientifically confirmed.


The differences between Ganoderma and Yunzhi (Coriolus Versicolor):

In addition to Ganoderma, Coriolus Versicolor has also become very popular in cancer therapy in recent years.  What are the differences between them?  Is one more effective than the other?  Dr. Liang explained that Ganoderma lucidum and Coriolus Versicolor are both considered as fungi, but they are under a different subcategory of fungus.  The main difference between the two is their appearance.  Coriolus Versicolor has a shape of an umbrella but without the handle whereas Ganoderma has a shape of an umbrella with a handle.

Ganoderma and Coriolus Versicolor are also different in terms of efficacies:

      Coriolus Versicolor consists of polysaccharides which mainly helps to prevent from cancer;

      Ganoderma lucidum has broader functions.  It can cure a variety of diseases while also improves and enhances the immune system

However, Dr. Liang strongly suggests, in order to prevent any deception, please buy ones with brand names and from reputable shops, no matter what kind of Ganoderma is chosen.


His article in Chinese was published in Ming Pao Weekly Canwest edition on July 18, 1999 (this article has been reorganized and reproduced from the original article.)

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