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What is Ganoderma

What is Ganoderma (lingzhi / Reishi)?


Ganoderma lucidum(also call Lingzhi and Reishi)?

Ganoderma (also call Lingzhi and Reishi) is a large, dark red natural mushroom with a glossy exterior which is a member of the Polyproraceac family. It is the ONLY known source of a group of Triterpenes, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It has the most active Polysaccharides (long "chains" of sugars) among medicinal plant which can improve your body's immune system.

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Traditional supplement and medicine for 3000 years

Ganoderma has been use as a Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 3000 years. Ganoderma has shown in many scientific studies that it has the ability to help the body function more effectively, and improve general well-being. Recently Ganoderma’s therapeutic recognition has increased even further, as it has been added to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium.

  • Ganoderma is ranked number one superior medicinal herb & famously known as the “King of Herbs”.
  • It is also called “Ling Zhi” in Chinese and “Reishi” in Japanese, it is a red mushroom known to have high medicinal potency.
  • The word “Ling Zhi” in Chinese, means, “Herb of spiritual potency,” and Ganoderma has also been described as, “Mushroom of immortality.”

In light of Ganoderma’s proven health benefits, it has attained a reputation in the East as the treasured medicinal herbal ingredient. The following points confirm this:

1. It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side-effects.

2. When it is taken regularly, it can aid in assisting the body to sustain its natural state of health.

3. It is efficient in regulating and fine-tuning the immune system.

Ganoderma lucidum is one of the treasures of Chinese medicine. Being named as the "fairy herb-The best herb". In both the popular ancient Chinese medical publications, "Shen Nong's Materia Medica" and "Pen-ts'ao Kan-mu" (Compendium of Materia Medica) written respectively in the Han and Ming Dynasties, there were detailed descriptions of the effect of Lingzhi. Contemporary studies further proved its pharmaceutical effects, and confirmed that Lingzhi polysaccharide is the key ingredient to maintain physiological balance and promote immunity. Today, Lingzhi has been formally recognized as a medicine listed in the China state pharmacopoeia. At the same time, Lingzhi has been sanctified by the State as a new food resource. Lingzhi can be served both as food and medicine.

It was considered a good natural healing herbs in Orient, it was very rare and expensive to obtain until recent development of high-density cultivation technique. Ganoderma lucidum, (Lingzhi, Reishi) is rich in organic compounds such as polysaccharide, amino acid, triterpines, ascorbic acid, sterols, lipids, alkaloids, and trace minerals. These compounds are being studied for their effect on the immune system.

Scientific studies find that Lingzhi is rich in effective pharmaceutical nutrition. They can be divided into 10 categories: Lingzhi polysaccharide, polypeptides, 16 types of amino acids (7 of which are indispensable to human), protein, steroid, triterpene, mannitol, coumarin, alkaloids, organic acids (mainly fumarate), and micro-elements, such as Ge, P, Fe, Ca, Mn, Zn, etc. Lingzhi can help to maintain the balance within the body.

Why do some people develop symptoms such as a dry mouth, irritability and constipation after taking Lingzhi?

This can be explained by the body reaction (not side effect) of taking Lingzhi or simply as a natural process of illness reversal. Lingzhi improves one's health state, replenishes fluids and electrolytes and enhances the detoxification process. Therefore, one should not worry if symptoms begin to appear.
If the paradoxical effects are particularly severe, discontinuing the supplement is recommended for a short time. After that intake may be resumed with plenty of water and fluids until the effects have decreased. When that occurs, you are on the path to recovery.

BENEFIT OF Ganoderma

The main effect of Ganoderma is on promoting general good health and vitality. It also has a harmonising effect on the body and helps maintain body balance. Allife Sunchih is aimed to work on body but not on the disease. By promoting your natural immune system which helps in balancing the body and in turn treats itself for a wide range of health problem.

  1. Enhances the Immune System
  2. Promote stamina and endurance.
  3. Relief the symptoms of Allergy and Hay Fever.
  4. Temporary relief of the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  5. Relief the symptoms of Influenza/Flu.
  6. Help relieve Nervous Tension-Stress and mild Anxiety.
  7. Temporary relief of Migraine Headaches.
  8. Relief of symptoms of PMS and of Menstrual Symptoms.
  9. Relief of Pre-menstrual Symptoms/Syndrome.
  10. Relief Sleeplessness.
  11. Temporary relief of Coughs.
  12. Formula to support Liver.
  13. Antioxidant -neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals of normal cellular respiration and metabolism.
  14. In healthy individuals helps support and maintain healthy heart, healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, normal blood sugar levels, and a healthy respiratory system.
  15. Maintains and improves general Well-being.

Wild Lingzhi

Wild Lingzhi is scarce and suffers from adverse environmental conditions such as insect infestation, lack of proper nutrients, non-optimum temperatures, and lack of humidity. The timing of the harvest cannot be controlled, and the mature Lingzhi has already lost most of its digestible active ingredients. The active ingredients in the dried mushroom may also have lost much of their beneficial biological activity. The 6 different types of Lingzhi (differentiated by colour: red, purple, blue, yellow, black, white) recorded in Chinese pharmacopoeia are actually one species grown under different conditions. In 1972, a Japanese researcher who pioneered the growing of Lingzhi demonstrated that by varying the conditions of growth, Lingzhi of 6 different colours could be grown from the same species.


Since 1970s, numerous studies on Ganoderma have been conducted throughout the world. Scientific studies find that Ganoderma is rich in effective pharmaceutical nutrition and can be divided into 10 categories:

Polysaccharide- a long chain molecule of sugars is responsible for the majority of benefit of Ganoderma which enhances body strength and immune system.

  1. Germanium- increases the metabolic processes.
  2. Triterpenes- regulate the blood
  3. Anti-oxidant, Vitamin B1, B2 and B6, *16 types of amino acids (7 of which are indispensable to human), *protein, *steroid, *mannitol, *coumarin, *alkaloids, *organic acids (mainly fumarate), and *micro-elements- such as Ge, P, Fe, Ca, Mn, Zn, etc.

Major Constituents and Effects of Ganoderma or CD4

The chemical composition of Ganoderma is very complex. But it is known that Ganoderma contains the following constituents: Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides, Triterpenoids, Nucleic acid, Organic Germanium, amino acids, calcium, magnesium, iron etc.

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides

Enhance your immune function

Improves the ability of cells to cope with low oxygenated states


This is also called Ganodenic acid, and is the source of bitterness in Ganoderma. It can assist with liver functions, and also shown to regulate blood pressure, blood cholesterol level, has anti-inflammatory effects and has calming effects.

Nucleic Acids

These include Adenine, Adenosine, etc. Adenosine is important in preventing abnormal platelet aggregation and clot formation.

Organic Germanium

The organic Germanium’s content in Ganoderma is 10 times that of Ginseng. Organic Germanium has the effect of improving the circulation, enhancing the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells and enhancing metabolic processes.

There has been keen interest in the field of biomedical technology concerning the therapeutic effects of Germanium. Ganoderma contains the greatest amount of germanium. The following list shows the germanium content of each herb: (* P.P.M = parts per million)

*Ganoderma: 900-2200 P.P.M, Garlic: 700 P.P.M, Ginseng: 250-300 P.P.M., Aloe: 75 P.P.M