Ganoderma Lucidum, the Chinese Secret.
History of Ganoderma Lucidum
As a medicine, Ganoderma Lucidum seems to be one of the oldest
medicinal herbs known to man. When we survey the annals of history,
references to Ganoderma Lucidum in the classical Chinese texts go back
to the era before the birth of Christ. We learn that discovery of
Ganoderma Lucidum was the result of the efforts of Chinese emperors to
achieve longevity of youth through herbal medicines.
Ganoderma Lucidum has been mentioned as one of the secrets behind the
long life and health of Peng Zu , a legendary figure who lived nearly
900 years in the times of the Shang Dynasty (16th century-11th century
B.C.) and married around 100 women. In addition, we come to know that
during the times of Emperor Han Wu Di (156-87 BC), one of the greatest
emperors of China, Ganoderma Lucidum was found growing in the imperial palace, an emblem of the prosperous China of that period.
In fact, it did not exist in China as medicine only but also as symbol of prosperity, immortality and energy carved on various parts of the imperial palaces. It has also association with the emperors of Chin Dynasty, a dynasty from which the word ‘China’ came into use. Emperor Ti of Chin Dynasty (221 BC) is said to have sent hundreds of men and women in search of this mushroom.
Moreover it has association with Taoists priests of the first century. They are
said to have used it in magic.
In addition to its references relating to imperial figures, China’s
classical medical texts also talk about its various aspects as a
In the Chinese oldest book on herbs written around 200 (A.D), Ganoderma
Lucidum is mentioned as a herb superior to ginseng. During the Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644) Li Shizhen, one of the greatest physician of that
time, talked about the healthy effects of Ganoderma Lucidum in his
Bencao Gangmu or Compendium of Materia Medica(1578). This book is
regarded as one of the most comprehensive medical books of traditional
Chinese Medicine. In the 1970s it was introduced into Europe as a
wonder herb and clinical studies started on it. In 1972, its indoor
growth was started in Japan. Since then, it has been subject to numerous
studies in the East and the West.
Ganoderma Healing Powers
Ganoderma healing powers have been witnessed by man for thousands of years. Its healing effects have been acknowledged in ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia.
According to these and other ancient and modern studies, it can help in the treatment of heart diseases, cancer, allergies, insomnia, cholesterol problems, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, gastric ulcers, arthritis, bronchitis,
hypertension, altitude sickness, blood pressure, and AIDS.
In addition, it boosts immune system. This mushroom is also used for skin problems, hair loss, and for tranquilizing effects. It
can also be taken as a regular tonic or healthy food, to restore energy
and stamina in the everyday hectic modern life. The most important thing
is that it is safe to use it for a long time and has no side effects, if not overdosed.
Let us have a look at some of Ganoderma main nutriceutical components and their functions:
Polysaccharides are the complex carbohydrates. The function of Ganoderma
polysaccharides is that they improve allergy and support human immune system.
Triterpenes are natural steroids found in a wide variety of plants, insects and animals. They are nature’s way to deal with inflammation effectively. Ganoderma triterpenes
have anti-inflammatory and calming effects. In addition, Ganoderma
triterpenes improve liver functions and blood pressure.
germanium is a substance that forms an important part in the
nutritional treatment of serious and fatal diseases, the treatment of
which may have serious side-effects. It can bring healing effects by
bringing positive changes in biological response of body to tumors.
Actually, it does not kill malignant cancer cells but strengthens human
immune system, making it strong enough to stand the treatment side-effects. Thus Ganoderma organic germanium reduces fatigue by restoring energy and improves metabolism.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme with anti-wrinkle and anti-aging properties, found in nearly all green vegetables. It repairs
cells and reduces the damage done to them. It acts as both an
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the body, neutralizing the free radicals that can cause wrinkles. This enzyme is being used in
many anti-wrinkle products. Ganoderma increases the level of SOD in
human body and restores its youthfulness.
With these and other nutriceutical components, Ganoderma can bring wonderful
effects to human body. It is something which, modern man needs to stay
healthy because his life is threatened by pollution, unhealthy food
habits, drugs and stressful work schedules. In this situation, such cure-all herbs as Ganoderma Lucidum can make a difference. We call it the Chinese Secret.