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Chapter 9 Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) A Medicinal Mushroom Sissi Wachtel-Galor, John Yuen, John A. Buswell, and Iris F. F. Benzie. Go to: 9.1. INTRODUCTION Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus (Figure 9.1), has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. It is a large, dark mushroom with a glossy exterior and a woody texture. The Latin word lucidus means "shiny" or "brilliant" and refers to the varnished appearance of the surface of the mushroom. In China, G. lucidum is called lingzhi, whereas in Japan the name for the Ganodermataceae family is reishi or mannentake. FIGURE 9.1 (See color insert.) The lingzhi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum). (Courtesy of North American Reishi/Nammex.) In Chinese, the name lingzhi represents a combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality, and is regarded as the "herb of spiritual potency," symbolizing success, well-being, divine power, and longevity. Among cultivated