Some may regard ancient herbal medicine as unprogressive and unsound. Yet, before conventional medicine, most cultures depended on herbs, teas and natural remedies to treat ailments and cure diseases. This was traditional and the medicinal knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, many of those old remedies are fading away and becoming less and less popular. Although some cultures still use natural healing, in the United States we are still highly dependent on conventional medicine to make us healthy. However, the majority of prescription drugs have such a long list of side-effects that it seems some may cause more harm than good.

The Chinese have long been known for their advanced knowledge and use of highly effective natural healing herbs. One such herb is Ganoderma Lucidum, which has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because of its rarity, Ganoderma, also known as reishi mushroom, was once very highly prized and reserved for royalty. Today, Ganoderma is quickly becoming one of the most important herbs in natural healing because of its high medicinal values.

As opposed to conventional symptom-based treatments that depend heavily on drugs with many side-effects, Ganoderma has the characteristics of a preventive adaptogen which improves the general health and function of the body. The uses of Ganoderma Lucidum extend to almost every major area of the body and scientists have found that the active components can enhance the immune system, neutralize toxins in the body, reduce free radicals and significantly improve poor circulation.

Ganoderma has been used in the treatment of insomnia, asthma, bronchitis and heart disease and also in skin care products. This preventive medicinal herb acts as an anti-fungal, anti-hypertensive, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agent. Studies have also shown that Ganoderma has benefits in treating tumors and the active components strengthen the immune system to help fight off and destroy abnormal cells like cancer cells.

In the past year, Ganoderma has seen a significant increase in popularity in the United States. This newfound awareness and interest is due to organizations promoting products containing the herb. Also, many notable organizations have performed independent studies on the health advantages of Ganoderma, therefore educating people about the properties of this medicinal herb. Additionally, the ever increasing cost of health care has people of all ages working out more regularly and being more mindful of their eating habits in an attempt to stay healthy. The idea of maintaining a healthy body makes preventive care much more appealing.

Today, Ganoderma extracts are readily available in a variety of products including vitamins, teas and skin care products. The most popular product, however, is the gourmet coffee infused with 100% certified organic Ganoderma extract. Coffee enthusiasts are considering 
this coffee a substantially beneficial drink that may hold the key to living well in the next century.


Summer 2011
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