Ganoderma, The King of Herbs

Tshepo Heqoa is the Silo Magazine Reporter, a graduate of Solusi University in BSc Agri-Business and a keen Mushroom Farmer in Maseru, Lesotho. He was appointed to attend a Juncao Technology Training in China from May the 17th to the 14th of July 2018. Upon arrival he submitted the following report.

Writes: Tshepo Heqoa

By seeking to better understand the wholesome value of Juncao Grasses and their economic importance, we visited the Fujian Province in China and the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University for the sole reason of learning more of the benefits of Juncao Grasses to humanity. This training, resembling many others that came before emphasized on the need of enhancing countries’ food supply and security, research and production. Its support on medicinal mushrooms like Ganoderma or Lingzi mushroom has also illustrated exceptional results on enhanced medical properties for the healing or treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis and more.

 

Tshepo Heqoa at FAFU’S mushroom cultivation site

Tshepo Heqoa at FAFU’S mushroom cultivation site

 

Background

Little is known about ancient relations between China and the African continent, though there is some evidence of early trade connections. Trade between China and Africa increased by 700% during the 1990s, and China is currently Africa’s largest trading partner. The Sino-African relations refers to the historical, political, economic, military, social and cultural connections between China and African continent.

Lesotho has specifically enjoyed a warm bilateral relation with China with regard to trade. This has benefited Lesotho with skills share and knowledge transfer. This year, (2018) the workshop on Juncao Technology and its support to achieve sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals for Developing Countries, Tshepo Heqoa was appointed as one of the delegates that were allotted to attend this workshop that aimed at highlighting and exploring further on the use of the Juncao technology not only as a sustainable agricultural product but its use towards also being able to use JUNCAO technology to earn a living.

Lingzi Mushroom

In this fast age, the appetite for exciting food and liquor is increasingly debilitating the health of millions of people around the Globe. People are dying daily. Sadly, the vast populace of the world is wretchedly ignorant of the rich treasure store Nature provides. Ganoderma/Lingzi mushroom, the king of herbs, has proven to have significant and positive treatment properties on many of the human devastating diseases.

Ganoderma is one of the oldest known mushrooms to be used medicinally by humans. It is highly prized as a major tonic in Chinese medicine breaking close to Ginseng for its broad health benefits. Often referred to as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, it has been valued as a longevity herb in Asian cultures for well over 2000 years. Also called the great protector due to its qualities as an adaptogen, Ganoderma helps to guard against the impact that the physical, immunological and mental stress can have on the body over time.

Ganoderma lucidum grown in the forest to mimic nature

Ganoderma lucidum grown in the forest to mimic nature

 

Multiple research has shown that when taken on a consistent basis, it assists in modulating the immune response with the fact that it calms and protects the central nervous system as well as supporting the liver and cardio-vascular functions.

In recent years, Ganoderma is becoming more accepted in the conventional Western medicine as a complementary pharmacological aid in the treatment of cancer, HIV, type 2 diabetes and hepatitis although it has been utilized in this manner in other parts of the world for several decades. For example, in China the mushroom has been used extensively as a therapeutic adjunct to chemotherapy for its restorative impact on the immune system as well as its ability to reduce unpleasant side-effects associated with chemo and radiation treatments.

Ganoderma lucidum is in fact one of the most widely researched medicinal mushroom varieties in Asian cultures. It has indicated a remarkable aptitude in inhibiting tumour growth especially of the breast and prostate cancer.

A research made by: Stanley, Gwenaelle & Harvey, Kevin & Slivova, Veronika & Jiang, Jiahua & Sliva, Daniel. (2005) indicated that Ganoderma lucidum suppresses angiogenesis through the inhibition of secretion of VFGF and TGF- β1 from prostate cancer cells. (Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 330. 46-52. 10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.02.116.)

According to herbalist Ron Teeguarden, Ganoderma lucidum is a commonly prescribed treatment in Japan for chronic bronchitis, memory loss, Insomnia, hyperlipidaemia and a whole range of age-related degenerative diseases, including dementia. (Book; Chinese Tonic Herb)

Evidence documented in the 2013 studies show that an extract of Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma) inhibited the inflammatory mediary response by suppressing certain signalling pathogens and maybe potentially useful in the treatment of neuro-degenetory diseases.

Ganoderma Lucidum, a Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi is valued as premier Chi (Qi) and Shen major tonic herb, but also strengthens Jing. It is beneficial to the heart, liver, lung and kidney organ systems.

Ganoderma lucidum is a polypore mushroom that is native to woodland regions of China but now grows in forests far north as Canada, some species are even found in amazon and even some parts of Africa where humid conditions persists. Reishi grows well on decaying wood or at the base of trees particularly but it is as prolific as other mushrooms. Red reishi mushrooms/ Ganoderma lucidum is the most common type used for medicinal purposes. And is now widely cultivated on logs or woodchip cakes in Asian countries. There are also other species of Ganoderma commonly differentiated by their colour and benefits to different organ systems. These include; Ganoderma applanatum, Ganoderma curtisii, Ganoderma sessile, Ganoderma tsugae, Ganoderma lucidum.

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Legendary Herbalist Li Ching Yuen reported to have lived to the age of 252 years old as a result of his diet which included; Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma), Goji Berries, Ginseng, He Shou Wu, Gotu Kola and Rice wine.

Sample results from Zambia from the use of Ganoderma by a HIV patient.

Parameters Commencement of Ganoderma capsule testing administration Results after one month
Body weight 57kg 59kg
CD4 test 367 cells 440 cells
Haemoglobin test (HB) 13.8 g 14.2 g
WBC test 3.8 × 10 4.0 × 10

 

 

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