The mushroom is also known as the ‘Mushroom of immortality as it is supposedly filled with the potential to treat life-threatening diseases. The use of this mushroom for medical purposes can be traced back to 5,000 ago in China. Mentions of the mushroom can be found in centuries-old medical records of countries like Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and India.
This mushroom, unlike normal mushrooms, grows on wood only. Experts have found that this mushroom carries almost 400 chemical constituents including triterpenes, polysaccharides, nucleotides, alkaloids, steroids, amino acids, fatty acids, and phenols which have properties like immunomodulatory, anti-hepatitis, anti-tumor, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-HIV, antimalarial, hypoglycaemic and anti-inflammatory properties.
As this shiny red-brown mushroom is regaining its popularity because of its health benefits, attempts are being made to enhance its cultivation that can provide a source of business and livelihood to its farmers.
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