Many ancient cultures believed the mind and body were fortified by the regular consumption of this mushroom, which came to be called "Ling Zhi" by the Chinese (which means mushroom of immortality) and "Reishi" by the Japanese.
For nearly two thousand years, Ganoderma lucidum has been the object of adulation, as is reflected in hundreds of paintings. Buddhists have a particular affection for Ling Zhi, embellishing their temples with various artistic forms of this highly valuable fungus.
More revered than ginseng and, up until recently, more rare, many stories tell of people with severe illnesses journeying immense distances to find it.
Wild Ganoderma is rare and is difficult to collect. Moreover, its potency can be greatly diminished by prolonged exposure to nature's elements. Fortunately, cultivation of the Ganoderma was developed in the 1970s in Japan, and later in other Asian countries.