The reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidumand lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia.
The reishi mushroom is particularly popular in Eastern medicine. It has a variety of potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting cancer.
In traditional Chinese culture, Ganoderma lucidum has become a symbol of auspiciousness. Because Ganoderma lucidum is relatively precious and hard to come by, people even regard the sight of Ganoderma lucidum as a sign of auspiciousness.
Ganoderma lucidum can be simmered in water, soaked in wine or made into other dosage forms in single or compound prescriptions, and can also be used with different foods to make Ganoderma lucidum medicated diet.
Within the mushroom, there are several molecules, including triterpenoids, polysaccharides, nucleosides, sterols and peptidoglycans, that may be responsible for its health effects.