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”.

It is use as anti- oxidants, anti-cancer, anti hypertension, anti lipids and for treatment of other diseases. Recent studies in vitro also revealed that Ganoderma has demonstrated an anti-HIV protease activity that could be a breakthrough in treating HIV infection.

Active constituents in Ganoderma include polyssacharide, organic germanium, adenosine and triterpenoids called ganoderic acids. Polysaccharides fractions of Ganoderma have demonstrated anti-tumor properties in clinical studies by reducing infected white blood cells and inhibiting the activities of cancer cells. These polysaccharides can also promote the growth of macrophages and lymphocytes thereby strengthening one’s immune system.

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.