In a Chinese medical encyclopedia "Bencao Gangmu", an ancient medical practitioner Lee Shizhen from Ming Dynasty classified Ganoderma as the "superior herb".
He grouped Ganoderma herb into six categories by its color and form, namely Green, Purple, Red, Yellow, White and Black Ganoderma. All six types have its own medicinal values and healing effects.
According to the record, "continuous consumption of Ganoderma makes your body light and young, lengthening life and making you like an immortal who never dies"
We may regard ancient medical text as unsound finding. However, it is interesting to discover that even modern researches proved most of the ancient findings on Ganoderma Lucidum herb.
Chinese scientists began investigating the chemical makeup and medicinal effects of Ganoderma Lucidum in 1950s. They supported their findings with clinical studies. Researcher from China, Japan, Korea and United States have also formed an international Ganoderma research association, bringing its research to global platform.
Ganoderma Lucidum Health Benefits
Scientists researched the special healing effects of Ganoderma herb on circulatory system, nervous system and immune system as well as its anti-cancer effects. Studies show it can significantly:
improve your blood circulation
calm your nerves
enhance your immune system
improve cancer healing chances
Your body operates on these major systems. If not properly regulated, you may fall ill. Ganoderma herb helps to regulate your various body systems, maintain stability and ensure a balance between internal and external body conditions.
Besides this, Ganoderma also has other important functions in your body...
Detoxify and energize your body
Ganoderma can also eliminate toxins accumulated in your body through intake of various western medication, antibiotic, pain killer and anti inflammatory medicines. It thus achieves a strong detoxification effect to maintain your body balance.
And in this fast paced modern world, people are subjected to extensive pressure resulting in tension, insomnia, giddiness, fatigue and loss of appetite.
The Organic Germanium in Ganoderma helps to enhance your blood stream ability to take in oxygen by more than 1.5 times. It also increases your metabolism rate and slow down your aging.
According to research by Japanese doctor, the concentration of Organic Germanium in Ganoderma is about 800 to 2000 ppm (parts per million), which is 4 to 6 times much higher than Ginseng.
Slow down your aging
In addition, Ganoderma Lucidum also contains Polysaccharides which help to strengthen your immune system. Hence the stabilizing effects of Ganoderma can strengthen your health, improve your vitality and improve your immune system.
With this, Ganoderma Lucidum herb obviously help to slow down your aging process.
And this is the essence of ancient medical classic that states, "continuous consumption of Ganoderma makes your body light and young, lengthening life and making you like an immortal who never dies".
Health Benefits of Ganoderma
Ganoderma shows promise in reducing cholesterol levels and easing allergy-related inflammation of the airways, according to preliminary evidence from animal-based studies. Here's a look at more of the science behind ganoderma's health-enhancing effects.
A) Cancer and the Immune System
Often used as an immune stimulant by people with cancer, ganoderma has been shown to strengthen immunity as well as combat cancer-cell proliferation. In a 2003 study of 34 people with advanced-stage cancer, for instance, taking ganoderma in supplement form three times daily for 12 weeks led to a significant increase in T-cells (known to play a central role in immune defense).
Lab tests on breast cancer cells, meanwhile, found that combining extracts of ganoderma and Green tea heightened the mushroom's ability to slow cancer-cell growth.
B) Antioxidant BenefitsSeveral small studies have suggested that regular use of ganoderma supplements may increase your levels of antioxidants, compounds thought to protect against disease and aging.
C) Relief of Urinary Tract SymptomsIn a 2008 study of 88 men with urinary tract symptoms, researchers found that ganoderma was significantly superior to placebo in providing symptom relief.
Other Common Uses
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Common Cold
- Hair Loss
- Lyme Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Uterine Fibroids
- Weight Loss
Using Ganoderma For Health
Ganoderma is available in capsules and liquid extracts, both of which can be found at health food stores.Ganoderma Coffee is also available. You can also take ganoderma in tea or coffee form, but beware that the flavor may be bitter.
Some people experience dry nose, dry throat, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea) when taking ganoderma. Since the mushroom might interact with certain medications (such as anticoagulants and some chemotherapeutic agents), it's important to tell your physician if you're currently taking or considering the use of ganoderma.
As with any supplements, ganoderma hasn't been tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications.
You can get tips on using supplements here but should always speak with your primary care provider before using supplements or alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen. Self-treating with alternative medicine and avoiding or delaying standard care may be harmful for your health.
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