During the last about 30 yrs., lot of scientific and medical research has been done on Reishi in many countries.
Minnesota (USA) based Institute of Natural Products Research has cited its benefits in Diabetes, High Cholesterol, liver disorders, atherosclerosis (major cause of heart diseases), etc.
A study conducted by the Meridian Medical Group at the Institute of East-West Medicine and Department of Medicine, Cornell Medical College has appreciated the role of Ganoderma supplementation in Cancer Management.
The prestigious Japanese doctor, Dr. Fukumi Morishige, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine (an American Institute that has been awarded the most Nobel Prizes) who has used Ganoderma on hundreds of cancer patients, comments : “During my practice, I have obtained outstanding results using reishi either as a preventive measure or during the course of treatment”.
In 1994, Mr. Chang of Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre suggested further studies on the use of Ganoderma for prevention and treatment of cancer.
In a study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antionio (USA), Ganoderma’s potential as an anti-inflammatory agent has been identified. Its role in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (an old age brain disorder) and cardiovascular diseases has also been reported.
A study from the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University describes the inhibitory effects of Ganoderma against HIV-1.
Scientists at the ‘National Research Centre for Mushrooms’ at Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India have done extensive research on Ganoderma. Dr. R. D. Rai, leader of the research team has been acclaimed for his pioneering work on Ganoderma. In his interviews he has commented that “Ganoderma in no less than a Sanjeevani Booti(a panacea) for cancer, diabetes, heart diseases and hypertension/hypotension.”
A lot of research has been done on Ganoderma at the Palampur Agriculture University, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India. It has been described as “saviour of human race from diseases”. As per the published reports, “owing to its effect on the Immune System, it can save humans from killer diseases”. It is helpful in the treatment of health disorders like – cancer, chronic hepatitis, diabetes, heart ailments, paralysis, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, hepatitis A, B, C, psoriasis, mumps, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, etc.
Studies at the Amala Cancer Research Centre at Thrissur, Kerala, India have demonstrated that extracts of reishi(Ganoderma lucidum) selectively protect normal cells during radiotherapy.
In an article published in the ‘Drug Discovery Today(Dec., 2005)’, Daniel Silva and colleagues, researchers at the Indiana University in Indianapolis, USA comment – “ G. lucidum could suppress the movement and growth of highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells”. It has also been referred to as “Ganoderma lucidum extracts as chemotherapeutic”.