In Asian medicine Lingzhi is used to calm the shen (spirit), increase heart Qi and tonify heart blood. It also tonifies Lung qi and transforms phlegm. Referred to as the 'mushroom of immortality' because of its ability to promote longevity.
• overexcited conditions
- poor memory due to stress
• neurodegenerative disorders (preventation)
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
• altitude sickness (prophylaxis)
• seasonal allergies
• cancer (adjunctive treatment)
- herpes simplex (HSV)
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- hepatitis B virus (HBV)
• prostatic conditions - 5-alpha reductase inhibition activity
- benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
- prostate cancer
• gastric ulcers
• Antihypertensive (Mild)
• Triterpenes (Ganoderic Acids)
• Polysaccharides ( β -Glucans)
• Decoction (dried powdered root): 3-15 g qd
Caution: Use with anticoagulants (e.g. coumadin), may potentiate effects.
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