by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Zhi) which literally means “supernatural mushroom” has documented to have medicinal value. This variety of mushrooms has enjoyed special veneration in Japan, China, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in Kampo and traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, therefore, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally.
The reishi extract has been shown to be effective in treating migraine headaches. It is believed that oxygen shortage in the brain (hypoxia) is at the core of the pathogenesis of a migraine attack. As an anti-inflammatory agent, the extract is effective in substantially alleviating the problems and pain related to rheumatism or osteoarthritis and gout.
In treating hypertension or hypotension, the extract has been shown to be highly effective in a very large number of cases treated. In the more successful cases blood pressure is back to normal within 2 months. The extract has been found effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating asthma attack.
The extract is effective in reducing blood sugar levels and the amounts of insulin required for diabetic patients. The extract is effective in regaining stamina and energy or debility due to prolonged illness especially for cancer patients after undergoing radio and/or chemotherapy. They are able to eat and sleep well.
The extract is effective in clearing up a large variety of skin allergic conditions either due to food or airborne allergens. Ganoderma extract has been found to be useful in detoxifying the kidneys and improving its overall function.
Patients receiving hemodialysis should find that the duration and frequency of the treatment could be reduced. The extract has been shown effective in reducing or eliminating excessive menstrual pain and irregularities.
Ganoderma extract has been found effective in addressing a variety of cardiovascular problems. It improves the circulatory system with excess oxygen. It also decreases the conditions of angina pectoris and palpitation.