Near the end of the year, the development of the coronavirus pandemic has become fierce again. 10 new cases in Tianjin, 4 new cases in Shenzhen, 58 new cases in Anyang, Henan… When will the nationwide epidemic end?
At the moment, “Fighting the epidemic depends on who has a strong immune system”.
In August 2021, Dr. Wu Shuisheng from Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine shared with us the importance of TCM in regulating immunity in the live broadcast room of “Sharing the Insights of Famous Doctors”.
“Chinese patent drugs such as Yupingfeng Granules, as well as traditional Chinese medicines such as ginseng and Ganoderma lucidum, can restore the body’s immune balance. Traditional Chinese medicines are effective for immune regulation.”
Everyone knows that Ganoderma lucidum can regulate immunity, but how does Ganoderma lucidum regulate immunity? What is its mechanism of action? Today we are going to popularize this common knowledge again.
All diseases are born from lack of Primordial Qi while Ganoderma lucidum comprehensively adjusts immunity.
Peng Ziyi, a famous medical scientist of the Bai nationality in the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, said that “all diseases are caused by the disorder of Ben Qi”.
Dong Hongtao, a TCM doctor, believes that on the one hand, the above-mentioned idea is based on healthy Qi, and it is a manifestation of the concept of “when healthy Qi are preserved inside, pathogenic factors can not intrude” in “The Internal Canon of Medicine”; on the other hand, it is internal seeking. In the treatment of diseases, attention should be paid to seeking healthy Qi from within rather than only focusing on eliminating pathogens.
Ganoderma lucidum is good medicine for “strengthening the body resistance and consolidating the constitution” in the treasure house of traditional Chinese medicine. It is “mild in nature, non-toxic and able to relieve the bodyweight and extend the years of life through long-term consumption”. It is the only “top-grade medicine” among thousands of Chinese herbal medicines that can enter the heart, liver, lung and kidney meridians.
Different from general medicines that play a unilateral role on the body, traditional Chinese medicine Ganoderma lucidum is outstanding in its overall regulation of human organs, maintaining Primordial Qi, exerting its functions of strengthening and consolidating body resistance, treating the disease before it arises, and regulating immunity.
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Modern pharmacological studies have confirmed that Ganoderma lucidum is rich in a variety of active ingredients. Due to the joint action of these ingredients, Ganoderma lucidum has significant curative effects in many aspects. It can comprehensively regulate the functions of various organs of the human body, regulate Primordial Qi, boost the immune system, regulate blood sugar, control blood pressure, aid radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and promote sleep.
Among them, the immunomodulatory effect is an important pharmacological effect of Ganoderma lucidum. Ganoderma lucidum spores polysaccharides and triterpenoids enhance the body’s specific and non-specific immune functions through different mechanisms of action. However, the immunomodulatory effect of Ganoderma lucidum is not exactly the same as that of classical immune enhancers.
A study published in the August 2020 issue of “Pharmacological Research” by the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine (University of Macau) (corresponding author of the research report) and several domestic research institutions found that:
Supplementing mice with Ganoderma lucidum spore oil (800 mg/kg) every day for 27 consecutive days can significantly improve the phagocytic ability of macrophages and the cytotoxicity of natural killer cells (NK cells).
Macrophages and natural killer cells are the protagonists of the “innate immune response”, and their role in the immune system is like the police patrolling and maintaining order in the human world. They form the first line of defense against various bacteria, viruses and cancer cells.
Therefore, the responsiveness of macrophages and natural killer cells will be increased by the supplementation of spore oil, which will undoubtedly improve the chances of the immune system to knock out various “invisible enemies”. [Source: ganodermanews.com -- "The University of Macau confirms that Ganoderma lucidum spore oil improves immunity and adjusts intestinal flora" written by Wu Tingyao]
Ganoderma lucidum plays a significant role in immune regulation and is especially suitable for people with consumptive fatigue, weakened immune systems and sub-health. It helps to enhance the immune function of the human body and reduce the damage caused by various pathogenic factors to the human body. It is a healthy choice for disease prevention and treatment.
In ancient times, Ganoderma lucidum had the reputation of “Life-saving Immortal Grass”. Today, it is a “sharp weapon” for regulating immunity. What is the right choice for daily health cultivation?
The Spring Festival is approaching. Preparing Ganoderma products for your relatives and friends can be a nice decision. After all, who doesn’t look forward to a healthy and reunited Spring Festival?
1. Xianfeng Bao et al. Bioactive components and pharmacological effects of Ganoderma lucidum spore powder [J]. Food Industry Science and Technology, (2020) 06－0325－07