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Year : 2024, Volume : 16, Issue : 1
First page : ( 46) Last page : ( 57)
Print ISSN : 0975-4261. Online ISSN : 0975-6892. Published online : 2024 March 14.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0975-6892.2024.00005.4

Harnessing Ganoderma lucidum for medicine, food, and biowaste management

Balkrishna Acharya1,2, Arya Vedpriya1,2,3,4, Kumar Sandeep1, Singh Netrapal1, Sharma Dushyant1, Kumar Brijesh1, Katiyar Prashant1, Singh H.B.1,*

1Herbal Research Division, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar–249405, Uttarakhand, India

2University of Patanjali, Haridwar–249405, Uttarakhand, India

3Patanjali Ayurved Hospital, Haridwar–249405, Uttarakhand, India

4Patanjali Organic Research Institute, Haridwar–249408, Uttarakhand, India

*Corresponding author e-mail: hbs1@rediffmail.com

Online Published on 14 March, 2024.

Received:  07  September,  2023; Accepted:  10  February,  2024.


Ganoderma lucidum, commonly known as the “Lingzhi” mushroom, has been revered for centuries for its exceptional medicinal and economic value. With a history of cultivation in South Asia dating back 2000 years, this mushroom has played a vital role in traditional oriental medicine. Recent scientific research has further reinforced its reputation as a potent therapeutic agent, with properties ranging from antiviral and neuro-protective to anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-microbial. Moreover, emerging evidence suggests that G. lucidum exhibits promising anti-cancer properties, making it a subject of intense interest in oncology research. Beyond its medicinal applications, this fungus also presents an eco-friendly solution to organic waste management, as it thrives on various organic substrates. This mini-review, delve into evidence-based approaches that ascertain the diverse economic, medicinal, and environmental benefits associated with G. lucidum.



Ganoderma lucidum, Pharmacological properties, Biowaste, Functional food, Circular economy.


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