Mushroom of Immortality Also Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

The lingzhi mushroom. The stuff of Chinese legends and prostate cancer fighter. (Wendell Smith/Flickr/CHINA GAZE)
The lingzhi mushroom. The stuff of Chinese legends and prostate cancer fighter. (Wendell Smith/Flickr/CHINA GAZE)

The wild lingzhi mushroom, a.k.a. reishi mushroom, a.k.a. spiritual mushroom, a.k.a. mushroom of immortality, a.k.a. Ganoderma lucidium, is legendary in Chinese medicine, and known for boosting the immune system, slowing aging, and destroying tumors.

Now recently in Western medicine, its legendary properties have been recognized for being able to beat prostate cancer cells, inhibit their growth, and reduce inflammation.

A Masters student at New Zealand’s University of Auckland, Ben Kao, published a few studies on the mushroom’s anti-cancer properties, exciting the medical community about the healing potential of the fungus. Kudos to Mr. Kao for helping modern Western medicine catch up a few more steps on China’s thousands of years of medical knowledge!

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