Ganoderma lucidum Common name: Reishi mushroom
Part used: Fruiting body
Constituents: Polysaccharides (beta D-glucans), nucleotides (adenosine), triterpenes, nutrients (Zn, Mg, Fe, Cu, Ca, germanium), oleic acid, proteins, choline, coumarin, sterols (ganodosterone), alkaloid
Medicinal actions: General tonic, nervous system sedative, analgesic, adaptogen, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, immuno-stimulant, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-histamine, anti-tussive, expectorant, detoxifer, cardiotonic, hypotensive, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotector
Medicinal use: Provides immunological support and improves the functioning and regulation of the whole immune system. Is especially helpful in chronic immune weakness and poor resistance to airborne & respiratory infections. Is especially anti-bacterial against staphylococcus and streptococcus. Inhibits the release of histamine and reduces the immune response to inhaled or ingested allergens, especially those allergies mediated by immunoglobulin E. Can be used in cancer and other disease involving massive oxidative damage, including chemical toxicity and liver damage, and also as a long term prophylactic and regulator for the circulatory system. It’s antioxidant effect protects against radiation damage so it can be utilized if exposure to X rays is expected and reduces inflammation without interfering in the healing response.
Pharmacy: Powder: 5-10g, QD. Infusion: 1-2 tsp/cup, TID. Tincture: (1:4, 40%), 2-4ml TID. As food (soups).
Toxicity: When commencing treatment many people experience transient cleansing reactions such as pimples, sore muscles, dizziness, bowel disturbance and itchy skin. These pass within a few days as the toxins are eliminated from the body, and can be controlled by regulating the daily dose.
Contraindications: Pregnancy & lactation.
Interactions: Use caution with anti-coagulants.