Lingzhi mushroom – Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Lingzhi mushroom of the genus Ganoderma of the Ganoderma family (lat. Ganoderma lucidum, Lacquered tinder, Solar tinder, Ganoderma tsugae, Ganoderma sichuanense; Chinese Lingshi, Lin Zhi (Lingzhi), Vietnamese linh chi, in Japan “Mannentake is a ten-thousand-year-old mushroom”. In China, the Lingzhi mushroom has been known for more than 4 thousand years as a source of divine power, spiritual energy, eternal youth and immortality.


Lichi is sold in various forms: dried mushrooms in the form of whole or cut hats, extracts, ground powders, as part of food additives and even tea. Each product is made from individual parts of the mushroom. Mushrooms collected from Taishan Mountain are considered the most energetically valuable. Lingzhi’s peculiarity is that it grows on an old rotten tree, the energy of which he eats. The fungus absorbs everything immortal that remains after the tree rots, and the roots of the fungus reach the earth, absorb beneficial minerals.

The healing properties of Lingzhi were described in the ancient book on Chinese practical medicine, “Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing” (Chinese Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, Matter Medica) during the Northern Khan Dynasty (22-220 centuries AD). For many centuries, the book of herbs and minerals was constantly supplemented by studies of various authors.In the next appendix to the ancient book written by Li Chin Zhen (Chinese Li Chin Zhen 502-536 CE), the therapeutic properties of Lingzhi mushroom were first added: filling with vital energy, improving heart function, memory and anti-aging effect.

Due to the growing demand for Lingzhi mushroom in the world, of Ganoderma lucidum since the early 1970s. began to grow on special mushroom farms. Japanese farmer Shigeake Mori conducted experiments on growing Reishi for 15 years. Mori’s knowledge was used to grow Ganoderma in artificially created conditions. According to the results of scientific research, it was revealed that Lingzhi mushroom, depending on the species, grows in different climatic conditions. The most favorable for the growth of the fungus is the warm humid climate of the subtropical regions of the East. For the growth of different types of Lin Zhi use stumps, trunks of old trees, fruit tree stumps. Also, Ganoderma mushrooms are grown on sawdust and hardwood fibers, less often conifers.

The mycelium grows for several months at a constantly controlled temperature and humidity level. The most valuable are reishi with long branching processes on the hat. A hard leg and a hat that has acquired color depending on the type of fungus testify to the full maturation of Lingzhi. The ripened fungus Ganoderma produces small brown spores. 10 years ago, 90 official companies engaged in the cultivation and sale of Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) were registered in the world. About 90% of the mass of the fungus consists of water, the remaining 10% includes protein, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, amino acids, immunomodulating polysaccharides, vitamins B, C, D, E, minerals: calcium, sodium, germanium, iron, sulfur , phosphorus, zinc, manganese, boron, cobald. The content in the fungus Germany is 10 times higher than the ginseng root.

Lingzhi’s healing properties

In Japan and China, Lingzhi mushroom is used to treat almost any disease. Each disease has its own method of dosing and preparation of infusion.

Among the main medicinal properties of Lingzhi mushroom are the following:

– Supports the immune system

– Has a tonic effect

– Replenishes the vital energy of Qi

– Has an antimicrobial effect

– Improves memory

– Relieves dizziness

– Restores the cardiovascular system

– Normalizes blood pressure

– Reduces blood sugar

– Improves liver function

– Promotes metabolism

– Prevents cancer, has an antitumor effect, inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

– It has an antioxidant effect

– Treats mental illness

– Relieves allergies

– Restores blood flow to the pancreas

– It is an effective antitussive, treats asthma and any pulmonary disease

– Treats insomnia

– Used as a cosmetic preparation, activate skin regeneration processes

– Helps detoxify the body

How to Eat and Brew Lingzhi Mushroom

The use of Lingzhi mushroom is best in infusion. In Taoist literature, more than a dozen recipes of Ganoderma infusions have been described, which affect the general condition of the body in different ways. Lingzhi mushroom can be brewed in a thermos at a temperature of 90C and insisted for several hours.

1. Decoction of chopped Lingzhi mushroom: pour 2 tablespoons of mushroom powder into 350 ml. water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the resulting broth into a thermos and insist for 10-12 hours. Store the finished infusion in the refrigerator.

2. 1 tablespoon pour 500 ml of water and cook, stirring, over low heat for an hour. The resulting water decoction is taken in 1 tbsp. spoon 3-4 times a day before meals.

Mushroom infusion is recommended to be stored in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days. Dry mushroom, crushed into powder by a pinch per serving, can be added to different dishes 5-10 minutes before being cooked. Lingzhi infusion is combined with the taste of black shu puer. Ganoderma mushroom intake should be consistent with an individual diet. For the effectiveness of the properties of Lingzhi, it is necessary to fully recognize and direct its effect on the necessary treatment processes.