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What is Linh Chi (Lingzhi or Reishi)?

What is Linh Chi (Lingzhi or Reishi)?

Linh Chi – Reishi – Lingzhi

Linh Chi (Ganoderma lucidum* or/and Ganoderma Lingzhi in now!?) in Vietnamese, commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, Reishi in Japanese is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.


  • It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side effects.
  • When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally.
  • Immune modulator – regulates and fine tunes the immune system.


Red Linh Chi or Red Reishi or Red Lingzhi (Red Ganoderma lucidum – RGL) is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.

Another major active ingredient found in RGL are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.

Regular consumption of RGL can enhance our body’s immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Linh Chi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. RGL is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. A full list of reported benefits can be found here.


A considerable number of studies in Japan , China , USA , and the UK in the past 30 years have shown that the consumption of RGL has been linked to the treatment of a vast range of diseases, common ailments, and conditions. From asthma to zoster, the applications of RGL seem to be related to a multitude of body organs and systems.

However, most of the scientific research that has been conducted appears to strongly support RGL’s role as a normalizing substance – a nutritional supplement that can yield medical benefits through its normalization and regulation of the body’s organs and functions.

The role of Lingzhi in maintaining a healthy lifestyle can best be explained through the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view because none of the known active components taken alone is as more effective than the consumption of Lingzhi itself. Whereas Western medicine focuses on the “cure” after the disease has already occurred, TCM, established through over 2,000 years of human observation, focuses on disease prevention by sustaining the right balance within the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and meditation. Ganoderma lucidum is an important adaptogenic herb in TCM in helping the body maintain this balance and also restore the balance when one is sick. For scientific studies done on Ganoderma lucidum please see the page.

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