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The lingzhi mushroom or reishi mushroom (traditional Chinese: 靈芝; pinyin: língzhī; Japanese: reishi; Vietnamese: linh chi; literally: "supernatural mushroom") encompasses several fungal species of the genus Ganoderma, and most commonly refers to the closely related species, Ganoderma lucidum and Ganoderma tsugae. G. lucidum enjoys special veneration in East Asia, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally. Lingzhi is listed in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium. Ganoderma lucidum View the Mycomorphbox template that generates the following list Mycological characteristics pores on hymenium cap is offset or indistinct hymenium attachment is irregular or not applicable stipe is bare or lacks a stipe spore print is brown ecology is saprotrophic or parasitic edibility: edible Lingzhi mushroom Chinese name Traditional Chinese 靈芝 Simplified Chinese 灵芝 Literal meaning supernatural mushroom [show]Transcriptions Korean name Hangul 영지 [show]Transcriptions Japanese name Kana レイシ Kyūjitai 靈芝 Shinjitai 霊芝 [show]Transcriptions Contents
Lingzhi possesses anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory and immunotherapeutic activities, supported by studies on polysaccharides, terpenes, and other bioactive compounds isolated from fruiting bodies and mycelia of this fungus (reviewed by R. R. Paterson and Lindequist et al.). It has also been found to inhibit platelet aggregation, and to lower blood pressure (via inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme), cholesterol, and blood sugar.
Laboratory studies have shown anti-neoplastic effects of fungal extracts or isolated compounds against some types of cancer, including epithelial ovarian cancer. In an animal model, Ganoderma has been reported to prevent cancer metastasis, with potency comparable to Lentinan from Shiitake mushrooms.
Originally posted by onequestion
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Luckily these don't have a poisonous look alike.