Dominant benefits of Ling Zhi
Cancer research in Japan have found active anti-cancer constituents in Ling Zhi called Beta-D-glucan which are scientifically proven to have an anti-tumor effect. Beta-D-glucan is a polysaccharide with little sugar molecules chained together and bound to amino acids which makes up a bigger sugar molecule. These sugars stimulate the immune system by activating immune cells and increase immunoglobulin (antibodies) levels to increase the response to foreign cells like bactera, virus or tumor cells.
Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy
Ling Zhi helps to reduce side effects during chemotherapy and radiotherapy such as loss of appetite, fatigue, bone marrow suppression, hair loss and risk of infection. It can help reduce toxic side effects and mitigate the pain. It can also help cancer patients at terminal stages prolong their life and improve living quality.
Immune System and HIV
Ling Zhi contains high concentrations of Organic Germanium, Polysaccharides and Triterpenes. These active components are proven to strengthen the immunity cells and improve our immune system. A new highly oxygenated triterpene named ganoderic acid alpha has been isolated from the fruiting bodies of Ling Zhi. The structures of the isolated compounds. Ganoderiol F and ganodermanontriol were found to be active as anti-HIV-1 agents.
Additional Benefits of Ling Zhi
In China, researches found that Ling Zhi improved the blood flow and lowers oxygen consumption in the heart muscle. They also found it contains ganoderic acids which lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure and inhibits platelet aggregation (the clumping of blood cells), which can lead to heart attacks and other circulation problems. For centuries, Ling Zhi has been a known cardiotonic herb in traditional Chinese medicine.
Healing the Liver
Ling Zhi is commonly prescribed in China for the treatment of hepatic disorder.
For the Nerves
Ling Zhi has a "sleep-promoting factor" and has been traditionally prescribed by Chinese herbalists for insomnia. It is also prescribed for various psychiatric and neurological afflictions, including diseases involving the muscles, anorexia, and debility from lengthy illnesses. Long-term use can lead to a slow wave sleep.
Anti-Allergic / Anti-Inflammatory Actions
University studies have shown that Ling Zhi extract significantly inhibits all four types of allergic reactions, including positive effects against asthma and contact dermatitis. Ling Zhi could be used to help bronchitis, rheumatism, and improving "competence" of the immune system without significant side effects.
It has been shown in a few studies that long term use of Ling Zhi (usually 4 months or so) can lead to some mild side effects, including dryness of the nasal passages, mouth and throat, and an upset stomach and nose bleed. However, these effects were avoided by discontinuing use of the mushroom for 1 month after taking it for 4 months, and taking it again for 4 months, and so on.