This is one of my favorite tonic herbs Ganoderma lucidum has some incredible quality of life enhancing effects. There are so many things to love about this mushroom but if I had to pick two properties to tell you I would say, blood oxygenating and alkalizing.
In case you didn’t know Ganoderma lucidum and ,Reishi mushroom’ are one in the same and is also known as Lingzhi.
Regardless of what you choose to call it this herb has an incredible ability to balance and maintain a healthy PH level, to promote a healthy Alkaline environment in your body. It has also been proven to naturally increases oxygen levels in your blood.
Before I tell you all the benefits in detail, I just want to emphasise that those two incredible properties are responsible for most of Ganoderma’s health benefits. I also believe they are the root of its popularity in traditional Chinese medicine to promote longevity and overall health.
Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum
Ganoderma or Reishi is a go-to herb for anyone fighting cancer. Its PH balancing effect fights free radicles directly at their root while Immune and digestive support helps a patient cope with radiation treatment.
It plays a significant role in immune defense by increasing T-cell production strengthening your natural immunity.
Regular use of Ganoderma as a tonic protects against aging and disease by increasing your antioxidant levels.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Ganoderma relieves symptoms of urinary tract infections. It prevents the uterine lining from inflammation by reducing fibroid growth..
Alcoholism and Cirrhosis
Studies have shown that Ganoderma helps to prevent alcoholism and liver cirrhosis. It is a go to herbal treatment for early stage alcoholic liver disease.
Ganoderma prevents and treats acute and chronic bronchitis. This amazing mushroom also plays a role in the treatment of secondary infections caused by chronic bronchitis. It also helps in the maturation of immune cells like macrophages to digest and engulf bacteria which causes infection.
Ganoderma can help you lose weight by lowering cholesterol. It can lower your bad cholesterol ( LDL, low-density lipoprotein) and ( HDL, high-density lipoprotein) and maintain serum cholesterol level.
Long story short it helps to metabolizes cholesterol and assists the body in weight loss.
The anti-allergic effect Ganoderma lucidum has reduces allergy related inflammation by reducing cholesterol level.
High Blood Pressure
Ganoderma mushroom again by lowering bad cholesterol it will lower blood pressure by stopping the accumulation of cholesterol in your arteries. Making it a popular treatment for high blood pressure.
Ganoderma decreases physical pain, depression, stress and emotional outbursts in patient with neuralgia.
Ganoderma maintains healthy skin texture by protecting against skin degeneration.
Ganoderma increases metabolism and removes toxins from the body as it has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and reduces the aging process.
More Systemic Effects
Ganoderma has beneficial effects on improvement of the digestive system, pancreatic function, central nervous system, reproductive system and improves liver function.
Ganoderma has positive effects in the treatment of sleep disturbance (insomnia).
Reduces fatigue and stress as it increases brain power and provides the body with vigorous energy and brain clarity.
Enhance Healing Process
Accelerates the healing of wounds, psoriasis, bleeding, mouth ulcers, scrapes and bug bites.
Side effects of Ganoderma to watch for while you take it
Common side effects are gastrointestinal disturbances: stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, nose bleeding and itching. If you feel, any of these things, stop taking Ganoderma for a few days or lower your dose.
It has some negative effects if taken in pregnancy and breastfeeding so you should better talk to your doctor before taking Ganoderma if you are pregnant.
It inhibits clotting by inhibiting platelet sticking so it can potentially increase bleeding problems. It is prohibited before and after surgery as it increases the risk of bleeding.
If you are already taking anti-platelet, immunosuppressant and anticoagulant drugs then don’t take Ganoderma as it can have interactions with these drugs.