Ganoderma Lingzhi History


How can a tiny fungus like Lingzhi influence a country's history? Actually, Lingzhi is the Chinese name for Ganoderma Lucidum. It means the "Spiritual Herb".

During the reign of Emperor Han Wu Di about 2100 years ago, this herb were found growing all over the palace. Officials attributed this unusual sights to the merits and virtues of the Emperor.

It is said that he had touched Heaven and Earth to grant the growth of this auspicious herb in the palace grounds. Ganoderma lingzhi was seen as a symbol of prosperity and peace for the nation and longevity for the Emperor.

The heavenly herb

During that time, Emperor Han was so elated that he ordered his peoples to offer Lingzhi as an annual item of tribute. The Emperor was said to be favored by Heaven and ruled China for 51 years.

He adopted the suggestions of a civil official, Dong Jing Su to reject the thoughts of other schools and follow the Confucius school.

Confucianism influence continued for more than a thousand year until the Ming Dynasty. Dong Jing Su focused on the interaction between Heaven and Man, considering that the actions of man also affects Heaven.

If the Emperor is wise and kind, Heaven will show auspicious signs. So if Ganoderma Lucidum was found in the palace, it means the Emperor has more integrity, which will bring about peace and prosperity.

Therefore it has been known as an auspicious herb and claimed by the ruling class for having a mysterious super natural power.


Offering Lingzhi to the Emperor

After the Han, Sung, Yuan and Ming dynasties, it became a practice of common folk to offer Lingzhi to the palace. Civil and military officials as well as peasants were all looking for this medicinal herb in the deep mountains and forests. They just want to offer it to the Emperor to win his favor.

As such, this fungus became a holy symbol for smooth sailing and prosperity, which has influenced auspicious affairs for over 2000 years. This was how it became auspicious sign from Heaven to mankind.


The Immortal Herb

After the ruling of Emperor Han Wu Di, Taoism renewed the legend of Lingzhi. Taoism focused more on life and promotes immortality. Taoist believed that with practice and frequent consumption of this herb, one would attain immortality.

Ganoderma held a significant position among the many herbs taken by the Taoism followers. And as it's also known as celestial herb, it became a symbol of immortality.

The primary aim of Taoism was to obtain Lingzhi. However it was rare and difficult to find. The followers of Taoism did not believe in illusion but instead tried hard to find ways of cultivating this fungus. This led to much research being done in ancient time.


Lingzhi growth

This fungus has a very special growth pattern. It spreads spore powder that is carried by the wind onto wooden log. However, it is this spore powder that contains the most precious substances beneficial to our health. Learn more about Ganoderma spore and growth


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