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About Ganoderma?

Ganoderma, or reishi, is a mushroom with a long history of use as a medicinal mushroom in Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. In TCM, this mushroom has been used to promote health and longevity for thousands of years. Ganoderma is goes by the names reishi, Ganoderma Lucidum, and, in China, língzhi and sometimes as the red mushroom.

The History

While TCM is a common type of medical care throughout East Asia, it is characterized as an alternative medical system in the West. But in East Asia it has been practiced for over four thousand years. A central tenet of TCM is that the root cause of illnesses should be treated and not symptoms.

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Ganoderma coffee is very popular in the U.S. but to get stronger doses of ganoderma a good supplement would be the best way to go.

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Ganoderma Coffee (Gano Coffee) is very popular

Some call it “the healthier coffee! And, the “ganoderma” in gano coffees offset some of the acidity in regular coffee so some people find it more enjoyable than regular coffee. Ganoderma coffee is made by combining coffee with an extract from ganoderma mushrooms. The proponents of ganoderma coffee say that the red mushroom extract, which is mixed in the coffee, actually makes you feel better and helps build your body’s immune system. The most common gano coffee is a coffee mix that can simply be added to hot water, just like any typical instant coffee.

By the way, the red mushroom used in gano coffees is actually mentioned in the writings of the ancient Taoists who searched for the recipe for eternal youth. Ganoderma has been called “The Herb of Immortality,” “The King of the Herbs,” “God’s Herb,” and even “The Elixir of Eternal Youth.”

Ganoderma Side Effects

Ganoderma has a long history as one of the safest herbs to consume because it usually has no side effects. However, people with serious chronic health issues (or people who is allergic to mushrooms) could experience side effects, but most healthy people do not. However, “gano” has been known to cause some minor side effects on rare occasions. These side effects are usually not severe and are temporary reactions that usually disappear within a few days including dizziness, dryness of mouth, nose, and throat, dehydration, headaches, diarrhea, high blood pressure, high blood sugar level, stomach aches, nausea, body aches and pains, and itchiness.

Again, these potential side effects are extremely rare; but since they have been reported in some instances and they are included here in this list. Remember, anyone who experiences any of these symptoms should immediately contact a licensed physician.

Research, Resources, News Stories, & Sources


National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. National Library of Medicine


  1. Mustafa Rangoonwala says:

    I am using ganoderma since last 7 years and its perfect. It does not have side effects. It has ailment reflection which seems to be side effects but actually its removing toxins from your body hence it has to remove it in a natural way like vomiting, loose motions etc etc..Many people i have came across who have stopped taking Ganoderma due to this symptoms but its not side effects.

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