The Yellow Reishi Mushroom, also known as Ganoderma curtisii, is a type of medicinal mushroom that has been used for thousands of years, particularly in East Asian countries, due to its healing properties1. It is known for its anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, and antioxidant properties1.
The bioactive compounds extracted from this mushroom can be used for the treatment of several common human diseases including cancer, bacterial and fungal infections, diabetes, heart disorder, and skin problems1. In recent years, more bioactive components have been extracted from this mushroom, making it a valuable resource for nutritional and medicinal purposes1.
Moreover, Ganoderma curtisii has been found to have potential as an antiviral medicine for treating many viral diseases, such as dengue virus, enterovirus 71, and recently coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19)1.
While the Yellow Reishi mushroom is not typically consumed as food due to its bitter taste and hard texture, it is often used in teas, soups, and other beverages for its medicinal properties.
The Yellow Reishi mushroom is known for its various therapeutic effects. It has anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, and antioxidant properties1. It has been used to treat a variety of conditions including cancer, bacterial and fungal infections, diabetes, heart disorder, and skin problems1.
Ganoderma curtisii can be artificially cultivated using a variety of cheap and readily available substrates2. Sawdusts of different types of wood can be used as substrates, each supplemented with calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and either rice or wheat bran2. The mushroom can be grown in polypropylene bags with these substrates2. The mycelial growth, primordial formation, and harvesting stages take approximately 6 days, 33 days, and 60 days respectively2.
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