Reishi Mushroom, Food or Medicine?
Food provides nutrition and is safe; medicine can cure diseases but is toxic. According to Compendium of Materia Medica
, Ganoderma lucidum
is non-toxic and treats various diseases. So is Ganoderma lucidum food or medicine? Or is it a medicine-like food and a food-like medicine that is safe and effective? This may be the most wonderful thing about Ganoderma lucidum.
According to Shennong Materia Medica,
medicine can be divided into top grade, middle grade and lower grade. The top grade refers to the sovereign drug with its main function to supplement nutrients essential for human physiology so as to make the human body better adapt to the environment and prevent the harmful effects of pollution on health, so most of them are non-toxic or extremely low in toxicity. It is very safe. It can be eaten at the same dose as eating. Therefore, it can be used for a long time without hurting the body. Reishi Mushroom
and Ginseng belong to this category. The lower grade is used for medical treatment.
Ganoderma lucidum can be developed into a global health food because it is safe, effective, stable in quality and can be mass-produced and be used for a long time, and is in line with economic principles. Only when all such basic conditions are met can we take Lingzhi every day. If we eat it today and stop eating it tomorrow, it is impossible to achieve the longevity.