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Jan 26, 2022


The Spring Festival is approaching, but the recent COVID-19 pandemic in China is still disturbing many people’s “dream of returning home”.


Xi’an launches large-scale nucleic acid testing (Picture source:

#Beijing’s newly confirmed cases’ movement tracks involve multiple shopping malls#
#80 new local confirmed cases were found in Tianjin.
#68 new local confirmed cases were found in Henan.
On the way to “family reunion”, the virus “ambushed everywhere”. How to have a healthy New Year? Strengthening immunity is a reliable wayout.
“A good immune system not only has a flexible front line and a strong defense but also must have the ability to ‘regulate the immune response’.”
—Wu Tingyao, “In the face of emerging viruses, we need a flexible immune system”
Ganoderma lucidum is of great benefit to strengthen immunity.
During the epidemic, we can find TCM decoctions in various provincial and municipal plans to prevent and control the novel coronavirus.
On January 11, Academician Zhang Boli said at the Tianjin epidemic prevention and control conference that traditional Chinese medicine treatment is effective for Omicron and will play a greater role.

From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, the function of traditional Chinese medicine in “strengthening and consolidating body resistance” means improving immune function, mainly for the control of exercise and diet. In detail, drugs or food that tonify lungs and kidneys can be added moderately into the diet.
At the beginning of 2020, Ganoderma lucidum was selected into the “12 kinds of nutritional supplements that help prevent and treat novel coronavirus infection” issued by the China Nutrition and Health Food Association.
The article clearly pointed out that Ganoderma lucidum has an immune-stimulating effect, which can directly affect its ability to fight bacterial and viral infections.
Among the many immune-enhancing Chinese medicinal materials, why is Ganoderma lucidum the most recommended?
Li Shizhen said in “Compendium of Materia Medica” that Ganoderma lucidum ”benefits heart qi, increases wisdom, relieves the body of its weight and extends the years of life if taken for a long time”.
Among the 365 traditional Chinese medicinal materials, only Ganoderma lucidum enters the meridians of the five internal organs and nourishes the five internal organs. Today’s research has also proved that the immunoregulatory effect of Ganoderma lucidum is one of the biological mechanisms of traditional Chinese medicine in “strengthening and consolidating body resistance”.
Ganoderma lucidum and its various active components affect many aspects of the immune system and immune response by affecting the function of immune cells and the process of immune response to varying degrees. The pharmacological effects of Ganoderma lucidum in anti-tumor, anti-radiotherapy damage, anti-chemotherapy damage, liver protection, anti-asthma, anti-aging and other aspects are closely related to its immune regulation function.


——Excerpted from “Clinical Pharmacology of Ganoderma lucidum”, p18

Li Shizhen listed Ganoderma lucidum in the “vegetable category” in “Compendium of Materia Medica”, which may suggest that Ganoderma lucidum can be eaten as a vegetable. 

In fact, there are many ways to eat Ganoderma lucidum slices.
1. Pair it with food
Ganoderma lucidum is mild in nature, and it will not hurt the body if taken for a long time; Ganoderma lucidum slices can be stewed with a variety of different foods to make different health medicated diets, resulting in good effects, such as meat-slices soup with Ganoderma lucidum, enoki mushroom and bean sprouts – the mix can improve immunity and improve the symptoms like poor appetite and high cholesterol caused by weak spleen and stomach.


Ganoderma lucidum slice tea
Take an appropriate amount of Ganoderma lucidum slices and brew it with boiling water. Ganoderma lucidum slice tea has the health benefits of tonifying middle-Jiao and Qi and improving immunity.


3. Water decoction of Ganoderma lucidum slice
Before decocting, chop the fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum and decoct them repeatedly for 3 times or until there is no bitterness. The fruiting body can also be chopped, soaked in Chinese liquor (above 50%) for 15-20 days, and taken until the liquor turns brownish-red.


In addition, deep-processed Ganoderma lucidum products such as Ganoderma lucidum spore oil, sporoderm-broken Ganoderma lucidum spore powder and Ganoderma lucidum spore and extract powder contain higher active ingredients. They have been proven to have immunomodulatory effects and are good choices for daily health cultivation.
Ganoderma lucidum, which has been used for thousands of years in China, is of great benefit to regulating human immunity.
When the whole family gets together this year, you might as well make a pot of Ganoderma lucidum tea and a bowl of Ganoderma lucidum duck soup. You can enhance the immunity of the whole family while savoring the taste of the New Year and talking at home!