Monograph: Reishi - Ganoderma lucidium

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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient. Notes: (i) Text in parentheses is additional optional information which can be included on the PLA and product label at the applicant's discretion. (ii) The solidus (/) indicates that the terms and/or the statements are synonymous. Either term or statement may be selected by the applicant. (iii) A claim for traditional use must include the term " Herbal Medicine" or "Traditional Chinese Medicine"
Date: 2019-02-25

NHPID name

Ganoderma lucidum ( Index Fungorum )

Proper name(s)

Ganoderma lucidum ( CABI 2011 , PPRC 2010 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:




1 Day per day

Directions for use: Take with food/meal to avoid digestive upset.

Refer to Appendix 1 for examples of dosage preparations and directions for use, according to cited references. The purpose of Appendix 1 is to provide guidance to industry.

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): TCM - relief of cough: Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/ physician if symptoms persist or worsen. Contraindication(s): No statement is required Known Adverse Reaction(s): Stop use if hypersensitivity/allergy occurs.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

Store in a dry place at room temperature (PPRC 2010).


References cited

References reviewed

Appendix 1: Examples of dosage preparations and directions for use


Boil 2-15 g of chopped or powdered reishi mushrooms in approximately 2 L of water. Slowly simmer for 20-60 minutes. When the water is reduced to approximately 2/3 then strain the liquid (Upton 2000).