A variety of mushroom also known as ling zhi in China and as reishi in the West, ganoderma grows in mountainous regions in China. It is a rare fungus that Chinese practitioners value highly for its multiple uses. Practitioners have traditionally used it to treat psychological disturbances as well as respiratory complaints and ulcers. In traditional Chinese medicine, where herbs are classified according to heating and cooling properties, ganoderma is categorized as neutral. Ganoderma has also been prescribed to boost patients' immune systems. It appears to help the body to resist a wide range of physical, biological and environmental stresses.
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Ganoderma can be found in bulk at Chinese pharmacies, Asian markets and some Western health food stores (under the name reishi). It is also possible to obtain it in pill or tablet form, and in alcohol extracts. Consult a Chinese-medicine practitioner for information on dosages. Unlike most other Chinese herbs, ganoderma is not traditionally combined with other substances.