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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Ganoderma lucidum with spores

Are these mushrooms a fix it for many ailments?

Ganoderma has its own genus because it has a dimitic hyphal system, causes a white rot, and has unusual brown spores with a double wall, as you can see in the picture above left  .

On the picture to the left you can see the enormous numbers of brown basidiospores that have been shed by the Ganoderma fruiting bodies. This is a common sight in the fall when the spores are dispersed by the wind to new substrates.

The species to the left is Ganoderma lucidum, which is an interesting story in itself. It is as hard as G. applanatum, but is annual rather than perennial. When not covered with spores it has a bright shiny reddish brown top surface and is rather beautiful.

It is used in Oriental herbal medicine, where it is ground up and made into a tea, which is reported to cure everything from colds to impotence to AIDS. Like much oriental medicine, it must be taken over a long period of time to have it’s desired effects–

Very different from out western concept of medicine where we think it should take just a few pills to cure a disease or malady. Western medicine is slowly but surely discovering the wonders to be found in Oriental medicines made from fungi and herbs. Of course, most of the drugs used in western medicine came originally from fungi, plants, and bacteria, so there shouldn’t be too much of a stretch in our imaginations here. But please don’t write to me and ask about what medicines you should take for your particular malady– I’m not a medical doctor.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha