Reishi or Ling Zhi (Ganoderma lucidum)

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Ling Zhi encompasses several Ganoderma species, which are widely used for medicinal purposes, e.g., G. lucidum, G. luteum Steyaert, G. atrum Zhao, Xu and Zhang, G. tsugae Murrill, G. applanatum (Pers.: Wallr.) Pat., G. australe (Fr.) Pat., G. capense (Lloyd) Teng, G. tropicum (Jungh.) Bres., G. tenue Zhao, Xu and Zhang, and G. sinense Zhao, Xu and Zhang. According to two famous Chinese plant medical books, Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (25-220 A.D., Eastern Han Dynasty) and Ben Cao Gang Mil by Li Shi-Zhen (1590 A.D., Ming Dynasty), six Ling Zhi species= varieties were known in China at that time. Worldwide, more than 250 Ganoderma species have been described.[2,3] However, in therapeutic practices and literature citations, Ganoderma usually refers to the species of G. lucidum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Dietary Supplements
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781482204056
ISBN (Print)0824755049, 9780824755041
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

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© 2005 by Marcel Dekker. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)


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