No Known Herb Drug Interaction For Ganoderma lucidium, Only a Drug Enhancing Effect
In general, Ganoderma has been shown to be safe and non toxic even at very high doses in animal and human studies. Our family has been enjoying Ganoderma’s wonders for quite some time and have yet to experience any side effects
Ganoderma lucidium has a very prized and storied history . It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years to help conditions ranging from fatigue to blood clots . In present times we are just starting to understand what is in Ganoderma that can help our health.
In general, Ganoderma has been shown to be safe and non toxic even at very high doses in animal and human studies. Our family has been enjoying Ganoderma’s wonders for quite some time and have yet to experience any side effects.
There are some side effects and herb drug interaction (an enhancing effect) that you should be aware of and these will be discussed next.
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Taking Ganoderma lucidium?
Side effects from the consumption of Ganoderma lucidium are very infrequent but may include:
- dry mouth, throat, and or nose
- upset stomach
These side effects usually disappear in a week or two. Others may experience these side effects after prolonged use. Upset stomach can be avoided by taking Ganoderma with food. Some find relief from diarrhea by taking Ganoderma lucidium with vitamin C.
Please make sure to check with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or are planning on becoming pregnant.
Although allergic reactions are rare, Ganoderma lucidium contains agents that may be an allergen to some. Talk with your doctor if you are unsure before taking any supplement.
Another interesting bit of information is that there seems to be no cross-sensitivity to Ganoderma lucidium if a person is allergic to Button mushroom or the common white mushroom.
Still, please be aware that if you are sensitive to molds or other mushrooms please take the necessary precautions and discuss this with your health care provider before taking this or any other supplement.
Now that you are aware of the possible side effects, let’s look at the possible herb drug interaction.
Herb Drug Interaction
There have been no known drug herb interactions, but high doses of Ganoderma lucidium has the potential to enhance the effects of:
- antihypertensive medications
- hypoglycemic medications
- anticoagulant medications like warfarin or coumadin
So if you are taking these meds or any other medications, please talk to your doctor before taking Ganoderma lucidium.