Linchzhi (Reishi, Ganoderma Lucidum)
Linchzhi is a fungus called “immortality mushroom”. In traditional Chinese medicine Linchzhi has received the highest rating, because its action spectrum is very broad, and it has no side effects.
The chemical composition of this fungus is very rich. Proteins are rich with common irreversible and replaceable amino acids and amines. Fat is mostly from polyunsaturated fatty acids. Mushroom is rich in vitamins (mostly C and D) and minerals (calcium, phosphorus and iron). Compared with other herbs, Linchzhi contains more active polysaccharides. Only these types of mushrooms have acids of a triterpenoid ganoderm group with a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. Ganoderm acids have ant allergic effects and improve oxygen uptake.
Studies have shown that protective anticancer effect from medicinal mushrooms is related to the presence of fat substances and polysaccharides contained in themwhich is likely to be ergosterin. Linchzhi may be distinguished from many other medicinal mushrooms by the fact, that they are not only rich in active polysacchsarides that protect against cancer, but also in so called terpenoids, which increase resistance to stress, promote superoxide dismutase operations, prevent accumulation of free radicals. The specific effects of polysaccharides manifest through activated macrophages and T-lymphocytes, stimulated interferon and improved overall cellular immune response. These mushrooms are not toxic to human and, in medical point of view, are safe. Upgrade of damaged immune system (including patients with AIDS) as well as protection against cancer depends on the use durability of Linchzhi mushroom.
Linchzhi is simultaneously a toning and adaptogenic agent. Toning strengthens the body and adaptogenic – helps to overcome stress. Linchzhi is a natural adaptogen, enhancing health and normalizing body functions. It not only strenghens a number of immune response components for patients with cancer, but also inhibits pathological immune changes in patients with autoimmune diseases.
Modern laboratory and clinical research have indentified anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti allergic, and anticancer protection properties of the fungus Linchzhi. Especially significant therapeutic effects of Linchzhi fungus are observed with treatment of patients with raspiratory tract disease (chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, etc.).
It can be concluded that the Linchzhi mushroom can be used in four main areas:
- Allergic diseases. American Cancer Institute has studied the chemical composition of the Linchzhi mushroom and made a very significant discovery: a substance caled lanostan, which inhibits the formation of antibodies. Currently, patients with bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis and other allergic diseases, heal themselves with help of Linchzhi mushrooms;
- Various lung diseases;
- Cardiovascular diseases.
Medical Doctor and Professor of Oriental Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania - ISBN 978-609-95273-3-8