Director-General of the Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Dr. Somchai Nichpanit said that the latest research on Lingzhi mushroom or Reishi mushroom and its use for cancer treatment found that it has such major compounds as polysaccharides, which can boost body immune and induce soothing feeling while acting as a mild type of laxative.
This mushroom is also found to have triterpene compounds, which can suppress cancer cells, while the mushroom extract and its spore extracts can enhance immune and are non-toxic for normal cells.
Dr. Somchai said that the result of the clinical research on the effectiveness of Lingzhi mushroom in killing cancer cells from Chiang Mai University is expected to be released soon.
He stated that relevant studies on the benefits of Lingzhi mushroom from China show that this mushroom can also help control the spread of cancer cells for lung cancer and colon cancer patients and is safe for long-term use.
He went on to urge cancer patients in Thailand to try Lingzhi mushroom, which can be made at home or purchased, to improve their health conditions.
However, Dr. Somchai noted that attention must be given to the credibility of Lingzhi mushroom juice available in the market, as clear labeling and product details should be stated on the package while the FDA approval must also be explicitly shown to assure safety for consumption.
More information on Lingzhi mushroom and its spores can be found on the department’s website www.fda.moph.go.th or its call center number 02-9510777.