Ganoderma in the Philippines

Ganoderma lucidum

Considered as the elixir of life in the golden ages of China, Ganoderma lucidum is so rare and so precious that it is reserved to the emperors and other high ranking officials of old times. It is one of the most popular herbs in the East Asian countries and its uses extends to almost different systems in the body. Ganoderma Chinese and Korean name “Ling Zhi” is synonymous to “mushroom of herb and immortality”.

Active constituents in Ganoderma include polyssacharide, organic germanium, adenosine and triterpenoids called ganoderic acids.

Another significant function of polysaccharides found in Ganoderma is its liver-protective property and had been clinically found to be effective in treatment of hepatitis B. High amount of triterpenes in Ganoderma also protects the liver from damage and help it flush out toxins. It also inhibits the release of histamines that is present during allergic reactions. Adenosine on the other hand work wonder in the circulatory system. It inhibits platelet aggregations which help prevent stroke, heart attack and other health problem caused by impairment in the blood circulation. Ganoderma lives to its name as the King of Herbs.

To learn more about Ganoderma in the Philippines and its roots to Chinese Culture, please read Lingzhi in myths and stories