Ling Zhi, also known as ‘reishi mushroom’ is a categorical term for many mushrooms within the Ganoderma genus. It has been used as a herbal medicine for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used in medicine.
In the Chinese language, lingzhi compounds ling 灵 “spirit, spiritual; soul; miraculous; sacred; divine; mysterious; efficacious; effective” (cf. Lingyan Temple) and zhi芝 “(traditional) plant of longevity; fungus; seed; branch; mushroom; excrescence”.
Ling Zhi helps to:
• Inhibit tumor and cancer cells
• Provide more energy and vigour, less fatigue and increase brain power
• Rejuvenate and make you feel alert
• Strengthen the organs for waste elimination and detoxification
• Strengthen the body’s immune system
• Promotes a good night’s sleep
Recipes for LingZhi Tea and Soup
1. Lingzhi Mushroom Tea Preparation:
Lingzhi Mushroom tea has a bitter taste and so it is usually prepared as a hot water extract.
• Add 5 grams or about 1 tsp of Lingzhi mushroom to 4 or 5 Cups of boiling water.
• Bring to a simmer, cover and continue to simmer for two hours.
• Take out the mushroom pieces and cool.
Add honey, fruit juice or even green tea to sweeten the taste. It will store in the refrigerator for a few days and keep its potency.
2. Lingzhi Lean Pork Soup
• 2½ litres (10 cups) water
• 19 gm Lingzhi, rinsed and sliced
• 19 gm Wild Yam, rinsed
• 5 pitted Red Dates, rinsed
• 350 gm lean pork, rinsed and scalded with boiling water
• 2 tablespoons Chinese Wolfberry, rinsed
• 3 pieces of fresh ginger sliced
• 2 sping onion, sliced
• 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
Bring the water to a boil in a stockpot. Add all the ingredients, except the salt, and cook over high heat for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2½ hours. Season with the salt and remove from the heat. Serve while it hot.