Ganoderma and Its Health Benefits

Purported Health Benefits of Ganoderma

  • Supports immune system function
  • Enhances the body’s resistance to viral activity: studies showcase its effects on type I and type II herpes, HIV-1, and other viral infections
  • Helps fight and prevent chronic and acute inflammation
  • Improves respiratory function: used in Chinese folk medicine to treat bronchitis, dyspnea (shortness of breath), and asthma
  • Exhibits anti-aging properties: rich source of antioxidants helps inhibit free radical production and reduce oxidative damage
  • Boosts liver function: used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help repair liver damage caused by hepatitis
  • Promotes sleep in cases of insomnia
  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Used in ancient China as cancer chemotherapy-type agent: studies reveal that it is a potential anti-cancer agent

Ganoderma Treasured throughout Chinese History

For more than 2,000 years, Ganoderma lucidum has played an important role in Chinese herbal medicine and religious rituals. First recorded in the Eastern Han Dynasty near the beginning of the 1st century BCE, Ganoderma lucidum has been traditionally referred to as the “elixir of life” and was believed to be the key to immortality. The mushroom was used by Taoist priests in alchemy practices to make magical potions that would supposedly bring immortality. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Ganoderma lucidum was used by Chinese emperors to attain long life, good health, and vital energy, or qi. It was recorded in the oldest Chinese Materia Medica and has been used over the past few thousand years in natural remedies to enhance immunity, fight chronic inflammation, combat bacterial and viral inflammation, alleviate arthritis, treat asthma, insomnia, and gastric ulcers, and protect the liver from damage. Ancient Chinese texts reveal that the mushroom was also used to enhance vital energy and to prevent the loss of memory. The mushroom has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat fatigue, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hepatitis and to prevent blood clots and the growth of tumors.

Today, the mushroom is revealed to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, and anti-tumor properties may have significant healing effects on the body. Research on Ganoderma lucidum has included findings that suggest its ability to lower cholesterol levels, repair liver damage from hepatitis, and promote sleep.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. In fact, we believe that in order to obtain optimal health, there is the need for a radical transformation in one’s lifestyle that should include the adherence to a balanced diet, regular exercise, proper methods of breathing, and positive and healthy ways of thinking. In this sense then, the mushrooms can be seen as adjuvants for health. It should be noted that the activities of wild-type Ganoderma are being shared here for educational purposes only. Interested readers can pursue further literature research to assess the validity and the reliability of these activities and to arrive at an impartial and educated view of this species of mushroom.