For the longest of time, Lingzhi, a popular medicinal mushroom, has been used in China as a health supplement for longevity and health promotion. In modern times, Scientists have been investigating and researching into the anticancer activity of lingzhi. Although enough study have encouraged cancer patients to use lingzhi, its medicinal properties are still questionable. Whether or not lingzhi is a food supplement for health maintenance or actually a therapeutic “drug” for medical proposes still requires more concrete studies to prove.
Thus far there has been no report of human trials using lingzhi as a direct anticancer agent, despite some evidence showing the usage of lingzhi as a potential supplement to cancer patients. Cellular immune responses and mitogenic reactivity of cancer patients have been enhanced by lingzhi, as reported in two randomized and one nonrandomized trials, and the quality of life of 65% of lung cancer patients improved in one study.
The direct cytotoxic and anti-angiogenesis mechanisms of lingzhi have been established by in vitro studies; however, clinical studies should not be neglected to define the applicable dosage in vivo. At present, lingzhi is a health food supplement to support cancer patients, yet the evidence supporting the potential of direct in vivo anticancer effects should not be underestimated. Lingzhi or its products can be classified as an anticancer agent when current and more direct scientific evidence becomes available
To learn more about the anticancer effects of Lingzhi, please visit https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327914nc5301_2
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