Reishi - Ganoderma lucidum

Reishi - Ganoderma lucidum
Reishi - Ganoderma lucidum


Legend has it that Reishi, whose name means ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, has been used in Asia as a natural remedy for around 4000 years. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is considered one of the most effective ways of strengthening the human body as a valuable mushroom to promote vitality and a long life. Many of its traditional effects have since been proven in scientific studies. Its components include polysaccharides and antioxidants, which are known to boost the defences and protect the cells.

Applications tested in practice

• Boosting the immune system

The immune-strengthening and modulating properties of Reishi are mainly attributed to the high concentration of antioxidant beta-glucans it contains. According to studies, they can improve the proliferation of T- and B-lymphocytes and stimulate the body’s defences.

• Promotion of the physical and mental constitution

Many studies show that the regular consumption of Reishi can boost performance and protect against premature exhaustion. With the harmonising properties of its components, Reishi is also used to gently regulate sleep disorders.

• Complementary cancer therapy

The polysaccharides in Reishi exhibit a broad spectrum of not only immunomodulating but also anti-tumour effects. They have a proven cytotoxic effect on cancer cells, improve macrophage proliferation and stimulate their activity against tumour cells.

• Promotion of the heart and circulation

It has long been known that Reishi can protect against arteriosclerosis. In addition to promoting the normalisation of blood fat values and controlling the cholesterol level, the antioxidant properties also have a positive effect on the health of the heart and blood vessels.

• Anti-aging

In various studies, it has been possible to show that the components of Reishi can minimise age-related damage to various organs and, for instance, also counteract premature skin aging.

Other names

Lingzhi, Ganoderma lucidum


Reishi is distributed almost worldwide, and is also native to Europe. It has been cultivated in Asia for several decades.

Special features

The hard, stringy Reishi is hardly used as an edible mushroom. However, as a powder, extract (also in liquid form) or tea, the balancing medicinal mushroom is now also very widespread in Germany.
The information on this page is of a general nature. It does not represent any advice for individual cases regarding the use of the individual medicinal mushrooms and is also unable to replace such advice. Please always discuss the consumption of medicinal mushrooms for preventative or therapeutic purposes with your treating doctor or alternative practitioner.