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Ganoderma is a type of mushroom which is also known as Reishi. It has been well used and documented in medicinal treatment throughout China for over 4000 years. The Chinese refer to Ganoderma as “spirit medicine” and the Chinese use it to promote longevity. In ancient times this mushroom was reserved for the Kings as it was relatively rare and hard to find. Now, thanks to the advent of technology this mushroom can be farmed making it more affordable and accessible to the average person.

Reishi is used to treat many different ailments ranging from stress-related conditions to fatigue and sleep disorders. Ganoderma extract is great for people who suffer from any form of stress anxieties as the mushroom itself is fantastic as an overall health tonic.


Reishi is often used as a preventative measure to avoid any health problems that may arise in the future. The mushroom is well-known for its ability to strengthen the body's immune system and it is said that it can help ward off infections and viruses that may well run riot in a weakened immune system. Science is currently researching Reishi and its healing properties as we speak so that one day, hopefully, they can fully understand the healing powers of this magical mushroom. It is often prescribed to people who are suffering from cancer and are currently undergoing chemotherapy.

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Some of the side-effects of chemotherapy are hair loss, appetite loss, fatigue and lethargy. Ganoderma has been shown to reduce these side-effects. Reishi is said to be one of the well-respected mushrooms used in todays modern medicine.

There are a plethora of other disorders which are known to respond to treatment with this seemingly magical mushroom, these can include lung and liver disorders, HIV/AIDS, allergies and even heart problems. Even conditions such as age spots and acne may benefit from the use of this magical mushroom. This mushroom is also thought to help reverse some of the signs of ageing, including skin that may have been damaged due to excessive exposure to the sun.

This mushroom is composed mostly of carbohydrates that are quite complex in their structure, these are known as triterpeniods, water soluble polysaccharides , amino acids and proteins. Scientists have discovered that because of this they tend to have postive effects such as lowering blood pressure, immune modulating and even anti tumor properties.

Triterpenes are another substance found in Ganoderma Lucidum, these are also known as ganoderic acids. Studies have shown that these ganoderic acids act much like an anti-histamine and therefore are great for allergies. Triterpenes are quite bitter to the taste and the level of triterpenes can often be gauged simply by measuring how bitter the finished product is. The more bitter it is, the more triterpenes the product contains.

As we have already mentioned, a regular course of this medicinal mushroom will help improve your bodies immune system in addition to aiding the bodies blood circulation which in turn means better overall health for you.

As with any new treatment or even exercise regimen, we highly recommend that you discuss this with your doctor or GP before deciding to take on a course of Ganoderma.

Once you have discussed the option of using it with your doctor, you can then try and source some either at your local health shop or at some of the various web sites found on the Internet.



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