In ancient times, you can only find Ganoderma in deep forest and mountain cliffs. Scientific Ganoderma cultivation was not well known by then. As a very rare herb, it was very precious.
In 1970, a technician of Kyoto University Foodstuff Scientific Research Institute, Mr. Yukio Naoi, used "Spore Separation Ganoderma Cultivation Method" to successfully cultivate this fungus.
This cultivation method was introduced to China in 1975. Since the climate and soil conditions are ideal, this technique has been widely adopted. With this, more people around the world could benefit from this ancient herb.
Generally, Ganoderma growth can be grouped into:
Each has its own growth pattern, advantages and disadvantages.
This is grown in nature, commonly known as wild Ganoderma. It depends on decomposed wooden particle of tree to form its fruit body.
However, this scarce fungus is usually found in high and steep mountain areas.
Even if someone finds it by chance, its effects are always lost due to aging. It becomes hard like leather. Furthermore, wild Ganoderma Lucidum may also be toxic if the wood is contaminated.
By then, Ganoderma spore powder in the fruit body has already been released. Hence its potency is very low. And since these fungi are haphazardly collected, quality control is impossible.
Until now, this is the most popular Ganoderma cultivation method. It uses crams of wood dust and chemical materials. Such Ganoderma Lucidum has a short growth period. It can be harvested in two months.
A high productivity and low cost of this cultivation makes it highly cost effective. However, as the fungus is grown on wooden crams and chemicals, it causes much consideration by the consumer.
In addition, such Ganoderma Lucidum are unable to take in natural sunlight, rain and essence of nature. So, its body is soft, loose and even split in shape.
The content of Organic Germanium, Triterpenes and Polysaccharides are lower. Furthermore, the most precious Ganoderma spore powder cannot be extracted.
Hence its healing effect is much lower than log wood Ganoderma Lucidum.
Log wood Ganoderma Lucidum is cultivated on natural log wood, taking one year to harvest. The process is time consuming and requires much effort.
However, as it takes time to fully absorb sunlight and water, it has a solid and firm body. It also contains the invaluable Ganoderma spore.
The Organic Germanium, Triterpenes and Polysaccharides in log wood Ganoderma are about 6 times higher than natural and capsulated Ganoderma.
Hence the active components and medicinal values of log wood Ganoderma Lucidum cannot be matched by other Ganoderma cultivation methods.
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