Lingzhi mushroom is also known under the name of ganoderma, reishimushroom or even supernatural mushroom. Usually, as lingzhi, people use Ganodermatsugae or Ganoderma lucidum species. This mushroom originated in Asia, and ithas been used to treat people for about 4.000 years, being one of the oldestmedicinal mushrooms.
In the old days, only the members of royal families could usethis rare herb. Today, it is available to people worldwide and it is used asthe integral part of traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, to treatvarious medical conditions. Reishi mushroom is also listed in American HerbalPharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium.
How Beneficial is Lingzhi?
The main usage of lingzhi is in respiratory diseases. It isbelieved to heal the lungs and ease the coughing, so many people suffering frombronchitis and asthma experienced much needed improvement using this mushroom.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) patients and those needingthe blood thinners also frequently use lingzhi. This mushroom should alsoimprove the functioning of the heart and decrease the level of bad (LDL)cholesterol in the blood.
Tiredness and altitude sickness can also be managed withlingzhi.
Many products for skin care contain this mushroom. It is saidto hydrate the skin, giving it elasticity and softness, but also preventing skinbacterial infections.
Potential Problems Associated with Lingzhi
Western world discovered ganoderma some time ago, and itbecame enormously popular very quickly. Some people are not aware that the useof lingzhi carries certain risks with it, and they should be. Of course, if youuse moderate amounts of this mushroom, over the short period of time, it islikely you won’t experience any side effects. The amount of 2 to 10 grams oflingzhi per day is proven not to cause any harm to the human body.
However, people tend to use much larger quantities ofganoderma, especially if they use the tea made of it. Be very careful when consumingthis tea (or broth, as it is already known as), because it contains highamounts of lingzhi than when eaten as the food.
The most common problems connected with the lingzhi arenosebleed, dry throat, stomach problems and blood in the stool. It mostlyhappens to people using lingzhi supplements for several months.
If you already had some allergic reactions to mold or fungi,don’t use this mushroom. Allergic symptoms might include: swelling and hives, butalso breathing and chest problems.
Don’t combine lingzhi with hypertension or blood thinning medications,for you may seriously compromise your health. These situations might even proveto be fatal.
Pregnant women are advised not to use this mushroom, since ithasn’t been confirmed to be safe for the unborn child.