Ling Zhi


Ling Zhi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ling Zhi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: reishi mushroom, lucid ganoderma
Pharmacuetical Name: Ganoderma
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, HT, LV

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
clears damp, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes HT; Calms spirit (restless shen, insomnia, poor memory, palpitations, fatigue)
  • Transforms phlegm; stops coughing and wheezing (asthma, difficulty breathing, cough, wheezing, profuse sputum, especially due to phlegm-damp or phlegm-cold)
  • Tonify qi and nourish blood (listlessness, fatigue, dizziness, poor appetite, loose stools, shortness of breath)

    Special Notes:
  • ling zhi has modern use to improve immunity and prevent / treat cancer
  • The pinyin name ling zhi sometimes refers to wu ling zhi, which is a different herb altogether.