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Dec 09, 2020


As the saying goes, “Every medicine has its side effect.” Many people think that no medicine is suitable for long-term use because long-term use of the same medicine will develop drug resistance or damage the liver and kidneys. However, Ganoderma lucidum, as a traditional Chinese medicinal material, is an exception.


Ganoderma lucidum has played an indispensable role in improving immunity and strengthening physical fitness as a traditional nourishing Chinese medicinal material since ancient times.

In the live room of the “Sharing Doctor” column of the Fujian news broadcast specially broadcasted by GANOHERB, Professor Lin Zhibin, the “first person of Chinese Lingzhi”, once said, “Before discussing the efficacy of Ganoderma lucidum, we should start with the “Sheng Nong’s Herbal Classic”, which is China’s first herbal monograph and has a history of more than two thousand years. It categorized Lingzhi according to their colors into Cizhi, Heizhi, Qingzhi, Baizh, Huangzhi and Zizhi. According to the theory of five medicines, the five colors of Lingzhi fall into the five internal organs. Ganoderma can replenish the qi of the heart, liver, lung, spleen and kidneys. In addition, it can supplement essence. ‘Long-term consumption of Reishi can keep young and prolong life’. In addition, Ganoderma is non-toxic.”


“Sheng Nong’s Herbal Classic” is summarized on the basis of the scientific practice of ancient Chinese medicine. The legend that “Shen Nong tastes all kinds of herbs and encounters seventy poisons in one day” is a true portrayal of this process. The elaboration on the medicinal properties and indications of Ganoderma in “Sheng Nong’s Herbal Classic” is also based on clinical practice. In nearly two thousand years of clinical practice, no toxicity has been found in Ganoderma lucidum.

In modern medical research, Professor Lin Zhibin proved that Ganoderma lucidum has a wide range of pharmacological activities such as enhancing immunity, anti-tumor, sedation, strengthening heart, anti-myocardial ischemia, regulating blood lipids, lowering blood sugar, and protecting the liver. Ganoderma lucidum has a notable feature of “non-toxic” and “multiple or long-term consumption does not hurt the body.”

However, in modern medicine, Ganoderma has not been found to be toxic in the “acute toxicity test” and “subacute toxicity test”. Mr. Li Xusheng, associate professor of Yangming Medical College, emphasized in the article “The Efficacy of Ganoderma in Modern Medicine” that medicines cannot be taken for a long time but natural foods are not limited to this. The edible ganoderma after selection is a natural food. It is in line with the current concept of health… [Source: "The Efficacy of Ganoderma in Modern Medicine" April 30, 1980, Science and Chinese Medicine Edition of the Central Daily News]

Mr. Yukio Naoi, a technical officer at the Institute of Food Science, Kyoto University, Japan, also pointed out that because Ganoderma has no side effects or toxicity, there will never be any deaths caused by taking Ganoderma. If someone really died from taking Ganoderma, this person might choke to death while drinking water. [Source: "Ganoderma and Health" page 67, Yukio Naoi, Technical Officer, Institute of Food Science, Kyoto University]

If you want to learn more about the pharmacological knowledge of Ganoderma lucidum, please pay attention to Summit Forum of High Quality Development of Fujian-produced Traditional Chinese Medicine and Promotion Meeting of the National Key R&D Program of China for the 13th Five-year Plan to be held in Beijing on 20 December 2020.