As a medicine, Ganoderma Lucidum seems to be one of the oldest medicinal herbs known to man. When we survey the annals of history, references to Ganoderma Lucidum in the classical Chinese texts go back to the era before the birth of Christ. We learn that discovery of Ganoderma Lucidum was the result of the efforts of Chinese emperors to achieve longevity of youth through herbal medicines.
Ganoderma Lucidum has been mentioned as one of the secrets behind the long life and health of Peng Zu , a legendary figure who lived nearly 900 years in the times of the Shang Dynasty (16th century-11th century B.C.) and married around 100 women .In addition, We come to know that during the times of Emperor Han Wu Di (156-87 BC), one of the greatest emperors of China, Ganoderma
Lucidum was found growing in the imperial palace, an emblem of the prosperous
China of that period.
In fact, it did not exist in China as medicine only but also as symbol of
prosperity, immortality and energy carved on various parts of the imperial
palaces. It has also association with the emperors of Chin Dynasty, a dynasty
from which the word ‘China’ came into use. Emperor Ti of Chin Dynasty (221 BC)
is said to have sent hundreds of men and women in search of this mushroom.
Moreover it has association with Taoists priests of the first century. They are
said to have used it in magic.
In addition to its references relating to imperial figures, China’s classical medical texts also talk about its various aspects as a medicine.