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Ganoderma Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Reishi Mushroom
Botanical Name
Ganoderma Lucidum
Chinese Name
Ling Zhi

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Action of Ganoderma

Nutrients in Ganoderma

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Nature of


Parts Used

Fruits, Mycelia, Spores

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Ganoderma

Side effects mentioned below are minimal, temporary and diminish once you stop taking it.
Upset Stomach : It is one of the most prevalent fallouts of Reishi Mushroom. Stomach pain might be experienced a few minutes after you have ingested the extract.
Some users may experience Diarrhea and Constipation. To steer clear of Dehydration, keep a track of persistent watery Diarrhea. Terminate the use of the extract, until Diarrhea stops.
BP, Blood Pressure Fluctuations : The mushroom may cause fluctuations in the Blood Pressure. May cause a drop in, or, increase the Blood Pressure within hours. It may cause
Relax, do not panic. Stop taking Ganoderma. You will be back to your normal within hours.
Breathing Problems : You may experience Chest Congestion or difficulty in breathing. Suspend the usage of the extract, if such a consequence is observed.
Liver Damage is observed in the rarest of the cases. Rise of toxicity in the body may encourage the damage of the Liver. Over consumption of Ganoderma Lucidum is the reason behind it.
Acne : Mushroom comprises of detoxifying properties, which may lead to an increase in Acne or Reddish Lumps on the Skin.
Bleeding : Reishi Mushroom has certain compounds with Blood thinning properties, which hinder the proper clotting of Blood. This in turn, makes it dangerous for patients with Hemorrhagic Disorders .
Itching/Allergic Reaction : It is yet another after effect of the Herb. May cause your skin to become scabrous and itchy. Also, excess usage may yield an Allergic response by the Immune System.

Prior discussion with a qualified Health Care Professional is advised.

Note: Who should abstain from using it.

Patients taking High Blood Pressure medications : Since Ganoderma is known to cause fluctuations in Blood Pressure. Avoid it while you are on BP medications ( like allopathic medicines).
If your Blood Pressure is minimally high and you can sustain without taking Hypertension medication, then stop the medication and start Ganoderma. If your Hypertension was due to a functional change, and not due to some structural change in the body, ( like plaque in the arteries ), then experiment with Reishi for 15 days. It might cure you permanently. If your Hypertension was due to a patha ligical change in the body, the a proper diagnosis is required before taking any herb.

Pregnant Women are advised not to use this Herb, as it might interfere with the delivery and the health of the baby in the womb.

Breastfeeding mothers should not consume it. An infant is tender, it might affect his liver adversely.
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The best "Reishi", as we want to use as a medicine is of Red color. However, there are many other colors of this species of mushroom.
It is a Medicinal Fungi, known to have unparalleled health benefits.
It is also known as ' Fairy Herb ' and ' Miraculous King of Herbs ' .
Enhances the healing power of the body and promotes longevity.
Improves the over all resistance of the body to disease. Thus, prevents you from falling prey to diseases.
Appearance : The mushroom is available mainly in reddish-brown shade. The plant has a dark-glossy superficial layer. Also, has a lustrous coating and the shape of its cap (with brown spores) resembles to that of a fan.
Habitat : Grown in China, North America Japan and throughout other Asian countries.
Reishi Mushroom grows as a parasite on : putrefying woods, at the base of hardwood trees ( Oak, Maple,etc ) or on the Deciduous tree stumps.
Temperate and Subtropical climate is most favorable for its growth.
Fruiting of the plant runs from Summer to early Fall.

Note: For best results, take Reishi Mushroom on an empty stomach in the morning.
Water enhances the effects of Reishi Mushroom in eliminating toxins. Drink more water with Reishi Mushroom.
Reishi Mushroom reduces the effects of Caffeine.

The herb is best used for preventing Cancer, Autoimmune Diseases and Aging.

In TCM :
Reishi Mushroom : Ling Zhi
Meridians associated : Lung, Liver and Heart.


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Materia Medica for Ganoderma

Ganoderma General

Reishi Mushroom is also known as Ling Zhi Mushroom. It belongs to the Ganodermataceae family. The herb is being used for ages; by Monks, Spiritual Seekers, Daoists, and hermits, they call it " Mushroom of Divine Potency". The herb is known to calm the mind, strengthen willpower, improve memory and concentration. The plant is said to have a multitude of benefits, stated below :
It is useful in curing Autoimmune Diseases. It enhances immunity that protects the body from Infections and Diseases. It fights Streptococci, Staphylococci and Pneumonia. The herb is tagged as an " Immune Modulator " or " Immunomodulator". It not only stimulates the Immune System, but Regulates it. If the Immune system is in overdrive, it leads to Allergies and Auto-immune Diseases. Ganoderma controls the action of the Immune system.
It exhibits Antiallergic properties and therefore, helps in countering Seasonal Allergies.
The herb is rich in Ganoderic Acid. It obstructs histamine release and thereby, improves oxygen utilization by the tissues and improves Liver function.
Its antioxidant properties help to protect the body against Free Radical damage and also slows down Aging.
Daily intake of Reishi Mushroom, early morning, removes toxicity from the body.
It inhibits the growth of cancer cells and prevents Cancer. Also, aids in reducing the side effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. This minimizes the side effects caused by the radiation of Chemotherapy.
Studies have also shown that Ganoderma has managed to reverse Leukopenia ( death of white Blood Cells).
The chief constituents responsible for its medicinal actions are Polysaccharides and Triterpenes ( found in caps, stems, and spores of the plant )
Reishi Mushroom refines the functioning of Lungs and strengthens the Respiratory system. It is effective in treating Shortness Of Breath, Asthma and other Respiratory Diseases.
It promotes the functioning of the Heart. It aids in the efficient pumping of blood by Heart and cures Poor Blood Circulation.
Ganoderma prevents the hardening of Arteries ( Atherosclerosis ).
Reishi Mushroom is a good herbal remedy for balancing Blood Pressure and Cholesterol levels in the body. It reduces levels of serum cholesterol with no change in the levels of triglycerides. The herb lowers the "bad" cholesterol ( LDL) and is known to reduce excess fatty acids. It balances the blood sugar in the body.
Consuming the herb during the Cold season helps combat any viral infections you may be vulnerable to.
It is beneficial in treating Skin Problems like Acne, Age Spots and Fine lines. It improves elasticity of the skin that helps to slow down Premature Aging.
Reishi Mushroom tea has many health benefits. It contains Polysaccharides that are water-soluble in nature. Tea acts as an antioxidant and is non-toxic. It improves your body fitness and well-being.
It reduces mental fatigue, and thus, enhances acuity and alacrity of the mind. It helps cure Mental illness like Insanity and Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease .
Daily consumption helps to treat Mood Disorders. It makes you feel active and happy. It acts as a stress buster. It's an antidepressant.
It detoxifies the Liver and acts as a Liver regenerator. The Antihepatotoxic ( Hepatoprotective ) property of this herb is quite effective in treating Hepatitis , and , ensures Liver protection.
The herb cures chronic Bronchitis, Memory Loss and combats Stress efficiently and Insomnia
In the herbal treatment of Dermatitis or Eczema Reishi has a steroid-like effect. Steroids have serious side effects. Their effect wears out with time. Ganoderma can effectively reduce the dosage of steroids and may even replace steroids.
The Herb justifies its name " Reishi " meaning "Divine or Spiritual" . The use of this herb is said to provide holistic health accompanied by immense tranquility. The Herb is " an Eminent Protector ", helping us on almost every level, be it, physical, mental, spiritual, and immunological.
The herb makes the adaptation to the changing environment and helps us to achieve a superior quality of life.

How to maximize the herbal benefits of Reishi.

Ganoderma has many nutrients. These nutrients can be extracted by tincturing and or boiling. If you make a soup by boiling the herb for a few minutes, its inert properties do not manifest themselves. To get the full impact of the 2 major nutrients Polysaccharides and Triterpenes nutrients, tincturing and boiling needs to be done. Eating the Herb as such is useless.
Chop the mushroom into small chunks, put it in 100% proof alcohol for a month. This will soften the chunks. Chop them further into smaller pieces and mix them with alcohol, or you can grind the pieces with the alcohol. Let it be in the alcohol for a month.
Now, strain the mushroom, preserve the extract.
Take a stainless steel pan, add double the amount of water than alcohol. Add the mushroom to the pan, bring it to boil. Now simmer it for 3 hours until the water becomes equal to the alcohol. Mix it well. Add alcohol. Strain again. This concoction is good for about 2 years. If made in the purest form of alcohol, will not go rancid for years and years.
It can be taken in smoothies as well.
Caution: Consult a doctor before consuming it. Avoid excessive consumption.
Keywords: Autoimmune Diseases, Infections, Cancer, Asthma, Respiratory Diseases, Skin Diseases, Age Spots, Aging, Insanity, Alzheimer, Mood Disorders, Stress, Anxiety
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Reishi for Allergy

Use extract twice a day. Repeat it for one week.

Reishi Mushroom as an Immunity Booster

Take 3 g dried Reishi Mushroom with warm water. Consume it once a day.

Reishi (Ganoderma) a Herbal Treatment for Cancer

The anti cancer activity of Ganoderma is a function of two components; its Polysaccharides and Germanium. The polyshaccharides reduce anabolic activity and hence make it anti tumor. Germanium is a powerful antioxidant and helps the healing process.
Ganoderma is a very good complementary herbal treatment for cancer. It rids the body of toxins. It strengthens the immune system. It detoxifies the liver. It improves liver function and stimulates the regeneration of liver cells. It protects the good cells from radiation. It is a very important supplement for the treatment of liver cancer. To better protect the patient from radiation, it is advised that the administration of Reishi should commence before radiation therapy. It must be continued after the exposure.
Reishi as a herbal treatment for cancer is advised
To reduce the damage to good cells caused by chemotherapy or radiotherapy
To minimize metastasis and increase the chances of survival
To prevent recurrence
To reduce fatigue
To counter loss of appetite
To take care of the bone marrow
To mitigate the risk of infection
To alleviate pain
To remove toxins from the body
To regulate the immune and endocrine system
To inhibits DNA synthesis of the cancer cells
To destroy the terminal enzyme activity of the tumor cells
To promote macrophages and regulate T and B lymphocytes
To prevent damage to the kidneys

Ganoderma for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma

Have Ganoderma ( Reishi Mushroom ) extract, 250 mg per day.

Ganoderma as an Aphrodisiac

Ganoderma acts as an Aphrodisiac. It boosts Libido and enhances sexual potency.
Have Ganoderma extract, once a day.
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Herbal Treatment For Alcoholism 2

Prepare a decoction of 1 tsp of chopped Reishi Mushrooms,1 tsp of dried Ginger (Adrak in India) root,1 tsp of dried Orange (Santra in India) peel in 3 cups of water. Add honey (Shehad in India). Drink twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Fatigue 8

Take a small stick of Liquorice ( Mulethi in India ) and 2-3 slices of Ginger ( Adrak in India ).
Add One tablespoon chopped Reishi Mushroom and half tablespoon powdered Cloves ( Laung in India ), Cardamom ( Elaichi in India ) and Cinnamon ( Dalchini in India ).
Put all the ingredients in 6-7 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate. Do not strain.
Take Once early in a day for 2 -3 weeks.

Herbal Treatment For Poor Blood Circulation 3

Take the following herbs in Equal parts :
Reishi Mushroom
Hawthorn berries ( Nagaphani in India ) and
Stinging Nettle ( Bichu Buti in India ) root .
Add half part dried Ginger ( Adrak in India ) root.
Put all the ingredients in a non reactive pan and add 4 cups of cold water.
Boil over low heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Steep for 10 minutes.
Drink it as a morning tea regularly to improve Blood Circulation.

Herbal Treatment For Immunity Enhancer Tonic 2

Prepare a decoction, made of Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi Mushroom ( taken in equal proportion ) and one cup of water. Drink it two times a day.
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02 Sep 2015
I made a tincture of Reishi Mushroon. 100 gm of the Mushroom to 500 ml of Vodka 100% Proof. Kept Reishi submerged in vodka for one month. Then boiled/simmered the same for 3 hours. Liquid remaining 200 ml. Then combined the two. Now I took 5 ml of this every day for two weeks. Net result. Blood pressure erratic and fluctuation during the day from 150.80 mg to 125/60 mg. No pattern. Could rise any time and drop any time. Second. Pulse increased from 72 to 80. Third. Have got a pain in the lower back. The back is absolutely stiff and pains every time I move.
I have stopped the intake. Please advise.
02 Sep 2015
Oh! I forgot to mention that my whole back is in tension. Starting from the neck to the lower back
04 Sep 2015
Dear Herbpathy Team,

Here is a summary for my feedback for your analysis.
I am experimenting with the adaptogenic herbs exactly as you guys have outlined in your portal : Vibrant Health.
I tinctured Gojiberry and Ganoderma. Took Gojiberry for 10 days , felt quite good specially the eyes. My vision improved. So, I continued with Gojiberry.
Then, after 10 days, started with Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma. The herb caused Blood Pressure fluctuations on daily basis. I kept a note of my Blood Pressure readings and pulse rate.
Before starting the experiment, my Blood Pressure used to be 120/70 early morning and 130/80 afternoon and evening. Within two days of taking Reishi tincture, my early morning Blood Pressure reading is 150/90 and my afternoon and evening reading is 135/80.
My pulse rate has also increased. Early morning it used to be 66 and through the day till midnight used to be between 72 to 80. Within 3 days of Reishi it increaded by 10 counts per minute. And thats a lot.
I could feel a few protrusions in my anus. I found out I had developed piles.
My Skin became dry and dull.
Since you won't let me post all in one go, the rest is in the next post below.
04 Sep 2015
I started feeling tired very fast. I felt drained.
My eyes became blurry in the morning. I could not see clearly. A burning sensation in the eyes throughout the day.
Felt as if my overall energy has been sapped and I developed low backache throughout the day. Worse on getting out of bed in the mornings. All day I developed pain in the nape of my neck.
I completely lost my Libido. By completely I mean completely. The absence of sexual desire was total. My organ has become flaccid.
That was the bad news. Now the good news. I stopped taking Reishi after 10 days. Its now 5 days without the herb. Viola! I am getting better. Every single abnormality I developed above is returning to normal. Just as it was before.
No doubt, Reishi mushroom must be an excellent herb, since there is so much written about this herb all over the web. May be it is curing most of the people, but my experience has been horrible.

Rest follows
04 Sep 2015
So, I am writing this to you so that you are able to analyze what went wrong in my case. Please let me know whether my purchase was wrong, my constitution is not meant for this herb, or did I take it in the wrong season. I took it during monsoons.
I would love to try this herb again. Only when you guys manage to analyze and highlight the problem in my case.

Waiting for your prompt reply.

Thank you in advance.
Herbpathy Research Team
04 Sep 2015
Dear Anil

Where there is a possibility of things going wrong, they usually tend to do so. The possible reasons of this so called adverse reaction could be genetic, seasonal or constitutional. However, there is one more possibility, a seemingly healthy body may have a toxic Liver. When any Herb or remedy tries to detoxify the Liver, there is a possibility of a violent reaction. When toxins leave the fat cells, muscles, Liver, they will create inflammation and pain.
The fact the Reishi Mushroom produced adverse effects all over the body may be a manifestation of the body ridding itself of toxins.

Thank you so much Sir for bringing out an aspect of Vibrant Health, which we had not covered. We will make an all out effort to include this aspect in Vibrant Health. Please continue with the experiment. We suggest next Herb to be Cordyceps.

Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Faisal ( India )
28 May 2017
Ganoderma can cure myasthenia gravis
28 May 2017
I am suffering from myasthenia gravis and I want to know how myasthenia gravis can be cured by ganoderma . Please suggest me the best Co providing ganoderma product .
Nauman ( India/Bangalore )
31 May 2017
Faizal. yes, myasthenia gravis can be effectively cured by taking Ganoderma. buy Ganoderma from a herbal store or you can check it on the internet. Eat one capsule, daily for a month. Coconut oil is also the cure for myasthenia gravis. Massage the affected area with Coconut oil for 20 minutes, everyday for a month. myasthenia gravis is the disease associated with muscles, generally massage is the best cure.
Agung Aluoch ( Kenya )
17 Apr 2018
please which supplements can i use in the case of blocked tubes, ovarian cyst treatment (infertility )
Shaily ( India )
11 May 2018
I lost my libido .Moreover my periods got irregular. I didn't notice any specific benefit of this medicine.
Dejan ( USA )
09 Aug 2018
can i take ganoderma with royal jelly?
09 Aug 2018
What do you want to take Ganoderma for ?
What is the problem or the disease ?
10 Aug 2018
i take ganoderma for diabetes type2 i take royal jelly for boost testosterone,but never take together ganoderma with royal jelly.....i am 54 old male....do you have better solution for me.
Si ( US )
28 Nov 2018
What is the mg needed in capsule form for general health?
Does one have to stop and rest with no ganoderma mushroom, say 5 days on and 2 days off for general health or diabetes and cholesterol.
Thank you for your consideration and assistance.
Ebenezer ( Ghana )
25 Feb 2019
Please my sister is HIV positive and would like to know if you can recommend any good immune booster herb for her but she is still on antiviral drug.
Brandi ( United States/ Texas )
03 Oct 2019
How is this herb used in curing AIDS? Can it be taken in capsule form? What is the dosage?
04 Oct 2019
Dear Brandi, You can try the following for AIDS. Follow the following:

1. Take 1 tablespoon of Turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper and half a tablespoon of clarified butter and add all to a heated pan. Heat it for 5 min only on low flames. Take it three times a week.

2. Have a bowl of fresh jack fruit every day. Make sure you have a ripen one and not raw.

3. Have a cup of fresh Wheatgrass juice every day. It is very effective.

4. Take fresh carrot, beetroot, celery, oranges, lemon and add a few drops of Hemp oil on it. Take a bowl of salad every day.

5. Give massive doses of Vitamin C every day.

6. Take carrot juice, 2-3 glasses every day, regularly for 8 weeks. Take a bowl of soursop soup every day.

Follow the regimen for 1 month. It is a very effective protocol. It will improve immunity too. Write to us after 1 month.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Bernard Maximus ( Nigeria, Anambra )
28 Oct 2019
Please how do I know these herbs when I see them.
30 Oct 2019
Dear Bernard
To be sure about your purchase, you can check the internet for pictures of the herb.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Pushpa ( Ethiopia )
29 Nov 2020
There is a lot of talk about the Ganoderma Mushroom powder in Ethiopia but nobody knows about the side effect of this powder. My son too keeps on taking this powder. Let me know about the disadvantages of this powder. The soap too has problems with the skin. Let not the generation get into trouble. Please advise.
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