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Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi)

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Red lucid ganoderma is produced in East China, Southwest China, Hebei, Shanxi, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Guangdong provinces. Violet lucid ganoderma is produced in Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Fujian and Guangdong provinces.

Properties (characteristics):
Sweet, neutral.
Channels (meridians) entered:
Lung, Kidney, Liver, Heart, Spleen, Stomach.

Actions & Indications:
Tonic for lung and kidney. For syndrome caused by both lung qi deficient  and shenxu (kidney deficient) including cough, Asthma, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Tonic for liver and kidney. For syndrome caused by both the liver and shenxu (kidney deficient), such as Tinnitus, deafness and lassitude of the loins and knees.

For calming anxiety and xinqixu (heart qi deficient) that resulting in palpitation, Insomnia, amnesia.

For pixu (spleen deficient) with weak digestion.

Virus Hepatitis.

Large B cell lymphoma 

Medical Function:
Effect of Inhibiting replicating of hepatitis B virus.
Ganoderic acid causes apoptosis in leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma cells
immunomodulary activity,
promotes mitochondrial energy production.
prevents neuronal loss following cerebral ischemia
protects dopaminergic neuron degeneration through Inhibition of microglial activation
anti androgen effect

ganoderma lucidum (lingzhi)

Chemical ingredients:
ganodermic acid G 
lucidone A 
fungal lysozyme 
pachymic acid C 
polyporenic acid 
oxalic acid 

3-10 g daily decocted in water.
It is contraindicated in patients at the onset of the exopathic diseases.

Not to use in large amount or long term usage in patients with kidney stones , or with diabetes or hypertension because of oxalic acid. Drink large amount of water to prevent forming of oxalate.

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