Lingzhi is a herb that is well-known for its myriad health benefits. In this article, we will learn about the side effects associated with the use of this herb.
Lingzhi, also called reishi or ganoderma, is a type of mushroom native to Asia. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. Earlier, its consumption was limited only to people of royal descent, due to its rarity. Today, lingzhi is used to cure a variety of diseases and disorders. It is primarily used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. Lingzhi has become popular in western countries due to its numerous health benefits. Though serious side effects have not been reported in the available literature, long-term use could cause mild side effects.
When consumed in moderation, lingzhi does not induce any side effects. It has been found that lingzhi does not pose any risk to human health when the quantity of lingzhi is limited to 2 to 10 grams a day. However, the right dosage will vary depending on the overall health and age of the user. Lingzhi is often consumed in the form of pills or tea. To make lingzhi tea, a thinly sliced lingzhi is allowed to boil in water for 2 hours so that its extract enters the water. This broth or tea contains larger concentration of lingzhi than when consumed as food. Though side effects have not been reported even after taking Lingzhi in slightly higher doses, users may experience minor side effects in event of long-term use.
Among the most common problems faced by lingzhi users, dryness of the mouth, the throat, and the nasal passages are the most notable. These problems may surface if this herb is consumed for three or more months on a daily basis.
Nosebleeds and upset stomach are some other problems that could occur after prolonged use of lingzhi.
Consumption of lingzhi could trigger an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to fungi or mold. In case of a severe allergic reaction, the user may experience side effects such as hives, shortness of breath, facial swelling, or chest pain.
Effects of lingzhi upon fetal development are not yet known. Pregnant women who wish to take these supplements must therefore consult a doctor before taking these pills.
Adverse Drug Interactions
When used with antihypertensive drugs, this herb can bring about a decline in the blood pressure levels.
Lingzhi has blood-thinning properties. If taken along with blood-thinning medications, it may slow down the process of blood clotting.
Lingzhi is mainly used to cure respiratory disorders. It brings about dramatic improvement in patients suffering from asthma and bronchitis. It heals the lungs and soothes them, thereby reversing the effects of prolonged coughing.
It also improves the condition of liver and protects it from further damage.
It reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad) in the body and improves the function of heart.
It is also used for reducing the high blood pressure levels, and can also be used as a blood thinner.
It is believed to be a cure for altitude sickness and fatigue.
Uses of lingzhi in skin care and beauty are also well-known. It helps to retain and regulate the water content in the skin, thereby keeping it hydrated. It also preserves the elasticity of the skin and leaves it soft and supple. Adding lingzhi to bath water can not only improve the texture of the skin but also keep bacterial infections at bay.
When you weigh the side effects of lingzhi against its benefits, it always emerges as a good and useful herb. However, it is imperative to consult a medical expert before you start taking this herb in any form.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purpose only. Do not use the information presented herein as a substitute for medical practitioner’s advice.