Worldwide, Ganoderma Cultivation
1) Wood log cultivation, the most popular method.
2) Pot or bottle cultivation.
3) Tank cultivation.
Over the past 30 years, numerous studies have been made to
find the best method to create high-quality Ganoderma lucidum. These observations have shown that the best method to harvest high-quality Ganoderma lucidum is the wood log cultivation. Some
of the other necessary attributes needed
for the highest quality Ganoderma are:
(l) Selection of the highest strain.
(2) Using the right method of cultivation.
(3) To harvest them at the right time.
(4) To treat them properly after the harvest.
1) Selection of the highest strain:
The term "strain of Ganoderma lucidum" is not defined academical
term. We use the term "strain of Ganoderma lucidum" here, to classify Ganoderma lucidum for being spread. There are many strains of Ganoderma lucidum, and Ganoderma lucidum included in the "GY system" are all of good strains. There are three typical strains "GYN", "GYK", "GYG" all part of the "GY system" Ganoderma lucidum. These strains have special characteristics as defined in the following table.
Three Typical Strains of GY-System
Color of pileus
Characteristics of medical effect
(red, blue, black, yellow, white)
Mainly fixes the function of "Sei" (Energy), i.e ., blood and muscle.
Mainly fixes the function of "Ki" (Air), i.e., trachea, blood vessel and skin.
Mainly fixes the function of "Shin" (Spirit), i.e., brain, nervous system, sense organs, capillaries such as spleen, pancreas, gallbladder.
The biggest notable characteristics of these "GY system" Ganoderma lucidum is their effectiveness as a panacea. A "cure-all" medicine is not conceivable in modern medicine, but we believe that there are "cure-all" traditional medicine.
The best account for it can be found in the followings:
1) Modern medicine : The efficacy of medicine understood and used for "scientific reason".
2) Traditional medicine : The efficacy of mind "Sei", "Ki", "Shin" (Energy, Air and Spirit) in food is understood and used by mystic sensitivity.
It also can be found in the descriptions of "Honzo Komoku"; the ancient Chinese book of medicine.
(2) Using the right method of cultivation
The medical efficacy of Ganoderma lucidum is distributed abundantly in hymenium.
From this view point I may say that Ganoderma lucidum, without hymenium, cannot be regarded as high-quality Ganoderma lucidum, even if it may have been the highest strain, grown in the good method, harvested at the good time and treated properly after the harvest.
To make good Ganoderma lucidum with abundant hymenium, there are some important points to follow:
1) To cultivate using wood logs;
2) To cultivate using "natural stimulations" (temperature, moisture, sunlight, wind and soil bacterium) as thoroughly as possible.
In few words, it is important not to grow them overprotectively.
(3) To harvest them at the right time
All life has only one "peak" during its lifetime when all its life forces: "Sei", "Ki" and "Shin" (Energy, Air and Spirit) are at their most powerful. It is at this time that its propagative powers becomes optimum.
When cultivating Ganoderma lucidum, it is important to monitor and harvest at this particular time.
We can underline that the possibility to harvest at this optimum time is one advantage of artificial cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum.
(4) To treat them properly after the harvest
Ganoderma lucidum makes "anti-disease power" when living (or anti-bodies to fight against bacteria, etc... from the soil) . It is this "anti-disease power" that we expect to act favorably when consumed. All life has healing properties that raise its own anti-disease power, under stern conditions of nature, and abiding by providence of nature.
Fresh cells of Ganoderma lucidum start to perish immediately after the harvest.
Ganoderma lucidum must not be dehydrated rapidly artificialy as that hinders the growth of the anti-disease power.
Ganoderma lucidum can be preserved in cool, dark and stable place.