Health benefits attributed to ganoderma, also known as reishi mushroom, include boosting the immune system, stress reduction, sleep improvement and increasing energy, according to WebMD. Some conditions treated with ganoderma include high cholesterol, high blood pressure and HIV/AIDS. However, more evidence is needed, as of 2015, to prove the claims.
Some people take ganoderma to treat cardiovascular, liver or kidney disease, states WebMD. Respiratory diseases such as asthma may be improved by taking ganoderma. Ganoderma may be used to treat the flu and other viral infections. Some cancer patients take ganoderma, and it is sometimes used during chemotherapy.
Ganoderma potentially helps to alleviate pain associated with shingles, notes WebMD. Some people take ganoderma to treat stomach ulcers. Ganoderma may also help to relieve pain associated with herpes. It is believed that ganoderma has positive effects on the immune system, and it may also fight tumor growth. Research on the effectiveness of ganoderma is still ongoing in 2015.
Research suggests that ganoderma may ease inflammation of the airways due to allergies, as stated by About.com. It is also used as a stress reliever and an energy and stamina booster. Ganoderma may also increase antioxidant levels, which reduce the effects of aging and prevent disease. Other common applications for ganoderma include acne, weight loss, the common cold, hair loss and lyme disease.
People with low blood pressure or immune system disorders should speak to a physician before using ganoderma, recommends WebMD. Ganoderma may be harmful if used alongside diabetes medications. People undergoing therapy for raising blood pressure should only take ganoderma if directed by a doctor. Some people may experience side effects or an allergic reaction when taking ganoderma.