Ganoderma Side Effects
Ganoderma Lucidum is a medicinal mushroom that has been used by the Chinese for over 2,000 years. Also known as Lingzhi or Reishi, the mushroom has been used in the treatment of asthma and liver complications, and largely as an antioxidant detoxifying the liver and removing toxins from the body. Several Ganoderma side effects have been reported, though some equate these to just temporary reactions.
Ganoderma is administered on patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy to reduce feelings of pain. It is also known to possess anti-tumor properties which may limit or mitigate the spread of cancer cells in the body. Some health practitioners report that the reishi mushroom has no side effects when used in its purest form, but acknowledge several mild body reactions that may be considered as Ganoderma side effects.
Common Ganoderma Side Effects
One of the most common Ganoderma side effects reported by patients is general pains in different parts of the body. People experience discomforting aches all over the body, including a brief stomach ache immediately after taking the supplement. Ganoderma proponents attribute this to either internal injuries that may have been suffered during an accident being affected, or clearing of blockages in the body that inhibit blood circulation.
Taking this Ganoderma extract has also been known to cause a mild gastrointestinal upset. People with gastric ulcers may experience gastric bleeding in severe cases. This is mostly due to the mushroom negatively affecting platelet aggregation. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reports that this could be dangerous as the important blood-clotting function is inhibited; excessive bleeding may result. Patients taking anticoagulants are advised to consult a physician before taking Ganoderma, or avoid it completely.
Other Ganoderma Side Effects
Another of the reported Ganoderma side effects that is widely experienced after taking Ganoderma extracts is body itch. The skin feels irritated and itchy, accompanied by appearance of red rashes or dots resembling acne on the skin surface. This is mostly attributed to the detoxifying effect of the mushroom or a poorly functioning liver.
Many who have taken the supplemental complain of diarrhea, which could last for several days. This is again attributed to the Ganoderma detoxification function in the intestines, leading to discharge of loose stool. Consequently, dehydration occurs due to the body being quickly rid of fluids.
Acne is yet another of the Ganoderma side effects believed to be caused by the detoxification process initiated by the drug. Toxins in this case are dispelled from the body through the face in the form of acne.
Ganoderma side effects will also include a dry mouth and nose caused by dehydration. In some cases, the dry nose could bleed in reaction. This drying effect is quite common among people taking Ganoderma but is usually mild.
Mild headaches are part of the Ganoderma side effects one may experience. Usually, the headaches are not severe and cannot be considered as migraines.
People suffering form high blood pressure are advised not to take supplements with Ganoderma extracts as these could temporarily lead to increased blood pressure in the patient.
Ganoderma side effects may include hypoglycemia. People suffering from diabetes are also advised to take caution with Ganoderma as it has been found to reduce blood sugar levels.
Some people have also reported instances of swollen legs as one the Ganoderma side effects they suffered. This is however only temporary and Ganoderma proponents attribute it to a weakened liver.
Some of the mild Ganoderma side effects that occur alongside headaches include nausea, vomiting, and stomach upsets. All these begin to manifest in the first few days of taking the supplement and may subside with time.
Though some maintain that the mushroomal mushroom Ganoderma Lucidum has no known side effects – only mild reactions – patients still report many cases in which they felt worse after taking the reishi mushroom. Such side effects may last a few days to a few weeks but if they persist longer, medical advice for a qualified doctor is recommended.
Many of the Ganoderma side effects are indeed not severe, and are such considered as temporary reactions due to the detoxifying effects brought about in the body. However, some conditions like diabetes may be adversely aggravated due to lowering of blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). Another set of patients that must be cautious is those suffering from high blood pressure; Ganoderma may raise the pressure even further.