Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi)
The lingzhi mushroom is a polypore which belongs to the genus Ganoderma. Its red-varnished, kidney-shaped cap gives it a distinct appearance.
It is part of a species complex that encompasses several fungal species. The most common and closely related species are Ganoderma lucidum, and Ganoderma tsugae.
Ganoderma lingzhi is used in traditional Chinese medicine. In nature, it grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, especially that of the maple. Only two or three out of 10,000 such aged trees will have lingzhi growth, and therefore its wild form is extremely rare. Today, lingzhi is effectively cultivated on hardwood logs or sawdust/woodchips.Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease.