Ganoderma lucidum – or red mushroom, as it is commonly known – is widely revered as a valuable health supplement and herbal medicine worldwide.
The Chinese call it “lingzhi”, the Japanese, “reishi”, while to the the Koreans, it is “youngzhi”.
It has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Long documented in the oldest Chinese pharmacopoeia, “Sheng Nong’s Herbal Classic”, it continues to be studied extensively in the “Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (China Pharmacopoeia)” and “American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium”.
With well over 150 antioxidants and phytonutrients, Ganoderma Lucidum is the closest thing to nutritional perfection found in nature. Interestingly, Ganoderma Lucidum is extremely rare and grows on only two out of ten-thousand aged plum trees found in the dense and humid high mountain forests of Asia.