Pharmaceutical Latin: Ganoderma
Common English: Ganoderma
Reishi Mushroom
Lucid Ganoderma
Substances that Calm the Spirit: Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Bitter)
(Slightly Warm)
Powder: 1-3g
Serious disorders: 4-5g
Tincture: 0.5-2.5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies Heart Qi, nourishes Heart Blood and calms the Spirit

Heart Blood and Heart Qi Deficiency failing to nourish the Spirit with insomnia, fright, palpitations and forgetfulness (can be used as a stand-alone herb)

Tonifies the Lung Qi, transforms Phlegm and stops cough and wheezing

Cough and wheezing in patients with Deficiency Cold or Phlegm Dampness (can be used as a stand-alone herb)

Wheezing due to Lung and Kidney Deficiencies

Tonifies Qi and nourishes Blood

Deficiency consumption with shortness of breath, lack of appetite and either icy extremities or irritability with a dry mouth

  • Use with caution for those with Excess conditions.
  • This herb may cause skin rash, diarrhea and facial flushing.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae
Suan Zao Ren
Sm Platycladi
Bai Zi Ren

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang
(Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum)
(Zhi Ban Xia)

Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Insomnia, palpitations and forgetfulness.

Coughs and wheezing due to Deficiency Cold or Phlegm-Dampness Affecting the Lungs.

Deficiency consumption.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae
Suan Zao Ren
Arillus Longan
Long Yan Rou

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi


Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Rx. Glehniae/Adenophorae
Sha Shen
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi
Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi


Qi Deficiency.

Yin Deficiency.

Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen
Cx. Acanthopanacis
Wu Jia Pi
Rx. Actinidiae
Teng Li Gen


Blood Deficiency.



  1. Some sources say that this herb strengthens the Middle Jiao, tonifies Jing, improves vision, improves intelligence, inhibits tumor growth, detoxifies and removes accumulations.
  2. This herb is usually used singly prepared as slices, syrup, tincture or injection fluids.
  3. This herb is called “the food of the immortals”.
  4. Some sources classify this herb as a Qi Tonic.
  5. One source that this herb removes toxins.
  6. This is a very woody fungus which needs to be sliced before cooking to extract the ingredients. It is also helpful to soak it in warm water before boiling.
  7. Purple Ganoderma is sweet and Warm and non-toxic. It governs deafness, facilitates movement of the joints, calms the Spirit, augments Yuan Qi, fortifies the sinews and bones and improves the complexion.
  8. Crimson Ganoderma is bitter, neutral and non-toxic. It governs clumping in the chest, tonifies the Middle and increases intelligence to prevent forgetfulness.
  9. Long-term consumption will lighten the body and prevent aging.
  10. It generates long-term immune enhancement and immediate immune stimulation to prevent cancer and treat early cancers.
  11. It is the premier if not the only anti allergic remedy able to address the whole spectrum of hypersensitivity disorders types I-V.
  12. It protects against unproductive stress.
  13. It was used as an aid for journeying and meditation.
  14. It can be used alone to tonify Qi and Blood.
  15. It has recently been used to treat chronic fatigue, angina pectoris, hepatitis, high cholesterol, hypertension, bronchitis, altitude sickness, forgetfulness, immunodeficiency and leukopenia.
  16. For long-term Stomach diseases, cut 1.5g of this herb into pieces, soak in wine and take daily.
  17. It is said that Rz. Dioscoreae Shan Yao is a conductor herb for Ling Zhi.