What is Ganoderma?
Have you ever heard of this wonder fungus? Many people have never met the term, or they have seen Ganoderma but cared less to find out more about it. It has a very superficially attractive appearance which conflicts with its woody texture and grows on the stems of hardwood trees.
Ganoderma is a fungus with herbal value, sometimes referred to as Mannentake, Reishi, or Lingzhi. The medicinal benefit of Ganoderma was first exploited in Asian countries and is fast moving to the West. Ganoderma is found worldwide.
Common Ganoderma species
Ganoderma species that have been identified are over 80 in number, and they are found all over the world. They are polypores and are differentiated by geographic locations, shape, host specificity, as well as color.
There are red, yellow, green, purple, black, blue, and white Ganoderma species. Some of the common ones include Ganoderma licidum, Ganoderma tsugae, Ganoderma applanatum, Ganoderma curtisii, Ganoderma carnosum, Ganoderma resinaceum, Ganoderma oregonense, Ganoderma Sessile, and Ganoderma capense.
Ganoderma licidum is the most popular species and is very common in tropical areas. It has a white surface that turns color to near-brown upon touching. As they grow, the delicate white appearance changes to a shiny woody one.
Where can Ganoderma be found at home?
Ganodermagrows on tree stumps of hardwoods, on logs and sometimes at the base of a tree. To find them at home, you can check the stumps of conifers; hemlocks in particular, which they prefer most. You can also check palm trees, maples, oaks, and elms for Ganoderma. Dead decaying logs and trees growing in eroded infertile soil are the best places to check.
Are you wondering how to identify Ganoderma at home? The most common species, Ganoderma licidum, looks glossy and has a white growth ring at the edge characterized by large brackets that are woody in nature and has a bitter taste.
What are benefits of Ganoderma?
Ganoderma is useful as a herbal medicine for treating many sicknesses. It helps solve issues of essential organs of the body such as the liver, heart, brain, and kidney.
Some of the health benefits of Ganodermainclude:
- Tackles viral infections, blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and urinary tract infection.
- Removes tumors as well as inflammations.
- Helps in digestion and stops allergies.
- Boosts immunity.
- Adds energy and boosts oxygen supply thus ending fatigue.
- It is also a muscle relaxant and improves sleeping patterns.
It also has nutritional value of high standards as it contains essential nutrients like proteins, phosphorus, vitamins, and calcium among others. It also has alkaloids and antioxidants.
To look young and healthy, use Ganodermato stop aging and lose weight. It will help you to relieve stress and also give you a healthy skin.
Dangers of Ganoderma
Ganodermais a very deadly plant disease that causes rot and makes trees to fall when not managed promptly; which can cause harm to people and property.
Before taking Ganoderma, contact your doctor especially if you are undergoing medication. It is very dangerous for people with immunosuppressive sicknesses, those on chemotherapy and those using blood thinners. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using Ganodermaas its effects on such conditions are not clear. It can lead to bleeding, which is also very dangerous especially for pregnant and anemic people.
Powdered Ganodermais said to have a toxic effect which can affect the liver and so should not be taken for more than one month.
You must not take Ganoderma if:
- You are expecting or nursing a baby
- You suffer from an autoimmune disease
- You have undergone surgery
- You are using aspirin or some other medication for blood thinning
- You are undergoing chemotherapy
- You are under medication for immunosuppressives.
Side effects of Ganoderma
Apart from being highly nutritious and beneficial for health, Ganoderma has some drawbacks as well. These include:
- It causes dryness of the throat and nose
- Nausea, diarrhea as well as insomnia
- Some people may experience skin rashes
- It also causes nose bleeding and bloody stools.
Ganoderma and palm trees
Ganoderma seems to be very beneficial to humans, but that is not the case with palm trees. It affects palm trees by rotting the trunk, thus the name “butt rot of palms.” This is very unfortunate for farmers of palm trees as it lowers yield and results into low income.
How do you get rid of Ganoderma?
Getting rid of Ganoderma is not an easy task, especially since there is still no fungicide that can beat them. It leaves farmers of palm trees and other trees of economic value with only one option: mechanical control.
It is recommended that if invaded by Ganoderma, the affected tree should be uprooted completely. It should then be incinerated or disposed of at a permitted landfill to avoid spreading to uninfected trees. The soil where the tree was should also be removed since planting another palm tree there will lead to the same effect.
Proper management of wood lots is recommended. Cut down old tries before they rot and host Ganoderma. It is also wise to separate palm trees from hardwood trees that can spread Ganoderma. Surgical removal is effective when correctly done at the initial stages.
Interesting facts about Ganoderma
- Ganoderma is referred to with different names all over the world. It is called Butt-rot-of-palms, Reishi, Lingzhi, Ganoderma spores, Herb of Spiritual-Potency, Rokkaku-Reishi, King of Herbs, Mushroom-of-immortality, 10,000years mushroom, Mannamtanke, and Antlered Reishi.
- Over 200 years history of Ganoderma is documented, while for more than 2000 years, Ganoderma coffee has been in use.
- Ganoderma may take up to exhibit sleep improvement in its user and up to 4 weeks before fatigue is adequately treated. Don’t expect instant results.
- It takes 50g of whole mature Ganoderma mushrooms to extract 5g of mushroom powder.
- No Fungicide has been found for removing Ganoderma. It is incurable and deadly to plants.