Ganoderma Side Effects


Ganoderma is a little red mushroom that typically grows on logs, decaying wood, and tree stumps in Asia and surrounding regions. It is easily identifiable because of its hard, shiny, asymmetrical cap. It is a double-walled mushroom and grows in a fan pattern on the trunks of trees. Although it is usually red in color, the mushroom cap can range in color anywhere from yellow to purple to red to black (and all the shades in between).

This medicinal mushroom has been used in China for over 4,000 years and is the primary sheen tonic in Chinese Herbalism. Ganoderma contains many vital elements including potassium, magnesium, calcium, and germanium. This mushroom – sometimes called Reishi or Ling zhi – is a genus of the polypore mushrooms which includes about 80 different species in total. Like most mushrooms, these various species of fungi are unique to tropical regions. Ganoderma grows in thickly-wooded forests with high humidity and not much light. Soil, rotting wood, and darkness are midwives of the ganoderma mushroom.

Ganoderma has a long history as one of the safest herbs to consume because it usually has no side effects whatsoever. In fact, it has been called the Herb of Spiritualism in Asia because it can be taken by any person without any side effects at all. Although it should be noted here that a person with serious chronic health issues (or someone who is allergic to mushrooms) may experience ganoderma side effects, most healthy people never experience any side effects at all from consuming ganoderma.

However, that being said, ganoderma has been known to cause some minor side effects on rare, rare occasion. This article’s purpose is to inform the reader of these side effects and give a short description of each.

There are ten common ganoderma side effects. These side effects are usually not severe and they are considered temporary reactions that usually disappear within a few days. However, knowing these ten ganoderma side effects will help the reader stay informed should any of them rear their ugly heads.

The first of the "ganoderma side effects" is dizziness. Some people who take ganoderma feel light-headed or even a little faint when they first begin to take the herb. Some have reported blacking out or feeling like they need to sit down from time-to-time. Others describe having to put their heads down on their desk at work for a few moments until their head clears.

The second of the ganoderma side effects is dryness of mouth, nose, and throat. Dehydration and, on rare occasions, nose bleeds can result from this particular side effect. The bloody noses are usually a direct result of the dry nose.

The third of the ganoderma side effects is headaches. Not migraines, per se, but mild headaches are sometimes reported. The dizziness and headaches can sometimes be experienced in tandem, but usually it is either one or the other.

The fourth of the ganoderma side effects is diarrhea. Loose stool or irregular bowel movements are commonly reported, especially during the first few days of a person taking the herb.

High blood pressure is the fifth of the ganoderma side effects. This is perhaps the most common of the ganoderma side effects, especially if the person taking the ganoderma already suffers from high blood pressure. If this is the case, ganoderma sometimes temporarily exacerbates the problem.

A high blood sugar level is the sixth of the ganoderma side effects. Again, if the person already suffers from diabetes or another disease that causes high blood sugar levels, ganoderma may make the issue more severe.

The seventh of the ganoderma side effects is stomach aches. The person may feel queasy or sick to the stomach when they first begin to take ganoderma. This side effect is sometimes experienced along with the next side effect in the list: nausea.

Nausea is the eighth of the ganoderma side effects. Although the nausea rarely causes actual vomiting, this discomfort has been reported by some people who take ganoderma and ganoderma extracts.

The ninth of the ganoderma side effects is general body aches and pains. Now, general body aches and pains are a part of life, but some seem to be tied to the consumption of ganoderma in particular. There have been many ideas and hypotheses put forth by natural supplement pundits regarding these general body aches and pains. Some of these pundits have postulated that the ganoderma causes a blockage of the blood circulation in certain parts of the body, and therefore the aches and pains. Other pundits have speculated that if the person taking the ganoderma has any pre-existing internal injury (car accidents, health issues, defects from birth, etc.) then taking ganoderma may result in additional pain in and around those injured areas. Although no conclusive reason has been found, this has been reported from time-to-time and is therefore included here.

The tenth and last of the ganoderma side effects is itchiness. Itchiness of skin has been reported and some people even say it feels like the itchiness is coming from an internal source. This itchiness can sometimes result in pimples or red dots on the face and skin that look a lot like acne or even hives.

Once again, ganoderma side effects are extremely rare; however, they have been reported in some instances and therefore are included here in this list.

Remember, if a person is taking ganoderma and they experience any of the above mentioned ganoderma side effects, they should immediately contact a licensed physician to see if they should discontinue or decrease the use of ganoderma.

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