Red Reishi - Ganoderma Lucidum 靈芝
The lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom
pinyin: língzhī; Japanese: reishi;
Vietnamese: ling zhi; literally:
"supernatural mushroom") encompasses several fungal species of the genus
Ganoderma, and most commonly refers to the closely related species,
Ganoderma lucidum and
Ganoderma tsugae. G. lucidum enjoys special veneration in
East Asia, where it has been used as a
medicinal mushroom in
traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years,
making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.
Because of lingzhi's presumed health value and apparent absence of
side-effects, it has attained a reputation in the East as the ultimate
herbal substance. Lingzhi is listed in the
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium.
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From: "The Medicine of Kings"
Reishi - Ganoderma Lucidum (http://intelegen.com/nutrients/reishi.htm)
Reishi is a popular Chinese mushroom with an impressive array of reputed
health benefits, including antioxidant properties. The dried powder of
reishi was popular as a cancer chemotherapy agent in ancient China. Reishi
is also known as Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi).
Reishi compounds: Reishi mushroom
contains polysaccharides that stimulate spleen cell proliferation and
cytokine expression. Reishi also contains lanostanoids and triterpenes such
as lucidenic acid.
over 2000 years Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma Lucidum) have
been recognized by Chinese medical professionals as a valuable remedy. Its
Chinese name Lingzhi, means "spiritual potency". Reishi mushrooms are
regarded by the Chinese as the "Medicine of Kings". Dr. Shi-Jean Lee, the
most famous Chinese medical doctor of the Ming Dynasty, strongly endorsed
the effectiveness of Reishi in his famous book, Ban Chao Gang Moo ("Great
Pharmacopoeia"). He stated that the "long-term taking of Reishi (Lingzhi)
will build a strong, healthy body and assure a long life."(2)