The Wonder Mushroom

that Withstood the Test of Time in China

for 4000 years.

Now re-discovered by the Western World

For over 4000 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)

"The Medicine of Kings" and it’s benefits

                                                       For the Nerves:
                                                       Reishi mushrooms have been traditionally recommended by Chinese and Japanese herbalists

                                                       for insomnia due to their "sleep-promoting factor".(1) Long-term use causes a significant promotion

                                                       of slow wave sleep1. Reishi mushrooms are prescribed in China for a number of psychiatric and

                                                       neurological afflictions, including diseases involving the muscles, anorexia, and debility following

                                                       lengthy illnesses.(3)


                                                       In Japan, the dried "mycelium" of Reishi the root-like body that produces mushrooms has been

                                                       found to be highly effective in the treatment of neuroses caused by "environmental stress".(1)

                                                       In addition, in an eight-month study of Alzheimer’s disease, patients taking a Reishi mycelium

                                                       product demonstrated significant improvement.


                                                       In China, Reishi is used for its muscle relaxing and analgesic (pain-inhibiting) effects. In one study,

                                                       Reishi alleviated anxiety in 18 of 20 patients after four months’ use. It was concluded that the

                                                       mushroom has an essentially "calmative function", but is neither a narcotic nor a hypnotic.

                                                        Immune System:

                                                        Ganoderma Lucidum contains high concentration of Organic Germanium, Polysaccharides

                                                        and Triterpenes. These active components are proven to strengthen our immunity cells and

                                                        improve our immune system.


                                                        For centuries, Reishi has been known as a cardiotonic herb. It was prescribed routinely to

                                                        those with a "knotted and tight chest" symptoms consistent with both stress and/or coronary

                                                        artery disease-related angina. Researchers in China found that Reishi improved the blood

                                                        flow and lowered oxygen consumption in the heart muscle.(3) Similar results were also found by

                                                        Japanese scientists.(1,4 ) They found that Reishi contains ganoderic acids (which belong to a

                                                        group of natural substances called "triterpenes") which lower high blood pressure, lower

                                                        cholesterol, and inhibit platelet aggregation (the clumping together of blood cells), which

                                                        can lead to heart attacks and other circulation problems.


                                                        In a six-month clinical trial performed in a university hospital in Tokyo, nearly half (47.5%) of 53

                                                        hypertensive patients lowered their blood pressure by 10-19 mmHg, and 10% of the subjects

                                                        dropped their pressures 20-29 mmHg (both systolic and diastolic readings) after taking Reishi

                                                        extract.1 Similar results were observed in a Chinese clinical trial without any side-effects.(1) Another

                                                        large Reishi study in China found that low density lipoprotein (LDL the harmful cholesterol) levels

                                                        dropped in 68% of 90 patients following only one to four months of Reishi use.


                                                        Recently, Russian scientists have taken an interest in Reishi. They found that in addition to all

                                                        the cardiovascular benefits mentioned above, Reishi showed a significant preventive and therapeutic

                                                        action against plaque build-up ("plaque" is a fatty goo which is comprised of a combination of

                                                        oxidized cholesterol, calcium, and degenerated white blood cells ["foam cells"]. It is deposited

                                                        on the walls of arteries which restricts blood flow by narrowing the passage within arteries resulting

                                                        in atherosclerosis).




                                                       Studies of Reishi in cancer research have been largely conducted in Japan, where Reishi

                                                       scientifically proven to have an anti-tumor effect. This research has continued in Korea, Japan,

                                                       and China.


                                                       An example of Reishi’s cancer-fighting potential occurred in the summer of 1986. A 39 -year old

                                                       Japanese woman approached Dr. Fukumi Morishige, M.D., Ph.D, a renowned Japanese

                                                       surgeon and a member of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, for help in

                                                       treating her lung cancer. It was a complicated case, and she had been refused an operation by

                                                       several hospitals. Hopeless, she returned home where she found her husband had collected

                                                       Reishi in the forests. He boiled the mushroom and gave it to her to drink as a tea.


                                                       While this was going on, she begged Dr. Morishige to do something for her cancer, regardless

                                                       of its very advanced stage. From what was evident six months earlier, Morishige was surprised

                                                       when he found no increase in swelling. Then he looked at her X-rays. Something wasn’t right: her

                                                       tumor showed as only a trace on the X-ray. When she told him she had been drinking Reishi

                                                       tea, Morishige operated with great curiosity. He was "astonished" to find only scar tissue, and

                                                       although cancerous cells remained, they were now benign.


                                                       That was the impetus for Dr. Morishige to begin his studies of Reishi as a treatment for cancer

                                                       especially cases given up as hopeless. Dr. Morishige now believes that Reishi is also an

                                                       effective cancer preventive. The active anti-cancer constituents in Reishi are called Beta-D-glucan.

                                                       Beta-D-glucan is a polysaccharide basically a huge sugar molecule made up of many little sugar

                                                       molecules chained together bound to amino acids. These intricate sugars stimulate or modulate

                                                       the immune system by activating immune cells such as macrophage and helper T-cells, as well as

                                                       increase the immunoglobin levels (immunoglobins are specific types of antibodies) to produce a

                                                       heightened response to foreign cells, whether bacteria, viruses, or tumor cells.


Gamoderma Lucidum Spore capsules

are much more potent than the tea or Coffee


                                                      Ganoderma can be used as a supplement during chemotherapy or radiotherapy to reduce

                                                      side-effects such as fatigue, loss of appetite, hair loss, bone marrow suppression and risk of

                                                      infection. It can also reduce the toxic and side effects and mitigate the pains during

                                                      chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in particular to cancer patients at terminal stages for prolonging

                                                      their lives and improving their living quality.


                                                        Anti-Allergic /Anti-Inflammatory Actions:
                                                        During the 1970s and 1980s, Reishi’s anti-allergy action became the subject of ongoing research

                                                        in both China and Japan. Studies showed that Reishi extract significantly inhibited all four types

                                                        of allergic reactions, including positive effects against asthma and contact dermatitis. In 1990,

                                                        researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that Reishi

                                                        could be effectively used in treating stiff necks, stiff shoulders, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the

                                                        fine membrane lining the eye and eyelids), bronchitis, rheumatism, and improving "competence"

                                                        of the immune system without any significant side-effects.(6)


                                                        Healing the Liver:
                                                        Reishi is commonly prescribed in China for the treatment of
chronic hepatitis. In treatments

                                                        lasting 2 to 15 weeks, the overall rate of efficiency was 70.7 to 98.0%.(4) In Japan, Reishi extract

                                                        has been reported to be effective in treating patients with liver failure.(1) In animal studies of mice

                                                        with carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatitis, the extent of liver damage was significantly inhibited

                                                        by continuous dosing with Reishi tincture, and the regeneration of the liver was promoted.(7)


                                                        Recent Applications:
                                                        As the "Medicine of Kings", Reishi is widely used for different purposes. It is used for symptomatic

                                                        relief of arthritis and of menopausal anxiety. It is also used in treating allergic asthma,

                                                        hypertension, hypothyroidism, bronchitis, insomnia, general anxiety and stress, and

                                                        cardiovascular problems. Reishi also is often the main ingredient in herbal formulas for immune

                                                        dysfunction syndromes, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


                                                                          1. Kenneth J. REISHI: Ancient herb for modern times. Sylvan Press, 1992.
                                                                          2. Wasson RG. Divine mushroom of immortality. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Los Angeles, 80-93, 1968.
                                                                          3. "Lingzhi". In Pharmacology and Application of Chinese Materia Medica, Vol. I. Chang HM and But RPH, eds.

                                                                              World Scientific: Singapore, 642, 1986.
                                                                          4. Stanislaus CS. LingzhiMedicine of Kings. New Editions Health World, 38-41, June, 1995.
                                                                          5. Carlson J. Reishi Mushroom. New Editions Health World, 23-25, April, 1996.
                                                                          6. Stavinoha WB, et al. Study of the anti-inflammatory activity of Ganoderma lucidum. Presented at the Third

                                                                              Academic/Industry Joint Conference (AIJC), Sapporo, Japan, 1990.
                                                                          7. Lin JM, Lin CC, Chiu HF, Yang JJ, and Lee SG. Evaluation of the anti-imflammatory and liver protective effects

                                                                              of anoectochilus formosanus ganoderma lucidum and gynostemma pentaphyllum in rats. Am J Chi Med,

                                                                              21:59-69, 1993. 3215, 1985.


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