Background / History
For over 4,000 years Ganoderma Lucidum has been the most revered herb in Chinese medicine and remains one of the most fascinating and highly documented foods ever encountered in nature. With well over 150 antioxidants and phytonutrients, Ganoderma Lucidum is the closest thing to nutritional perfection found in nature. Interestingly, Ganoderma Lucidum is extremely rare and grows on only two out of ten-thousand aged plum trees found in the dense and humid high mountain forests of Asia.
First labeled "God's Herb" or "Spiritual Herb" by the Chinese, Ganoderma Lucidum was consumed regularly by emperors because of their strong belief in its ability to give them eternal youth and prosperity. Its fame and benefits were featured in different works of art and literature such as:
- sculptures in the Forbidden City and Summer Place (China)
- "Compendium of Materia Medica" (medical book)
- "The White Snake" (Chinese fairytale)
- "The Iliad" by Homer (Greek epic poem)
Another early milestone in Ganoderma Lucidum's history is the book "Herbal Pharmacopeia". One of Chinese medicine's founding fathers, Shen Nong, categorized 365 botanical, zoological and mineral organisms as "Superior", "Average" or "Fair" medications. Superior medications treated multiple diseases and regulated body balance; average herbs worked as tonics or boosters; and fair substances served as medications for specific ailments. He documented this study through the book and ranked Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) as #1 in all three classes.