What Is The Symbolism Of The Mushroom Or Ling Chi?


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The Chinese have acknowledged  mushrooms as having special properties for centuries and certain mushrooms are considered to be "spirit medicine” because they are believed to nourish the shen, or spirit.  Mushrooms are regarded as a medicinal food that promotes longevity and are also considered particularly important in vegan or vegetarian diets. Varieties of medicinal mushrooms have been used by the Chinese for their entire recorded history.  One of the oldest recorded botanical monographs has claimed that reishi mushroom made the body lighter, which likely refers to its knack for reduce cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. They also have immune boosting properties.

This mushroom's cap has a distinctly varnished appearance, making it one of the easier to spot.  They are one to 14 in wide; the often overlapping, fan to kidney shaped, corky, tough caps are  somewhat shiny, dark reddish and frequently they have a tan zone close to the margin.  Underneath the cap is white, it can turn beige with age, its pores are too small to see without a magnifying glass.  The lateral stalk, if there can be one to four in long & 1/4 to 1-5/8 inches thick, also likely a shiny reddish color as well.  These are found from spring all the way through fall.  They are usually growing on the base of deciduous trees, likely a maple, as well as logs and stumps, throughout most of the world. This woody mushroom can persist through the winter in some regions. 

Called "the mushroom of immortality,” people in China and elsewhere in the far eastern cultures have been using this mushroom for centuries as a tonic. There is evidence that it strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight off a variety of ailments, and it's even used to ease the symptoms for cancer patients in traditional Chinese medicine and now in main stream western medicine.  Its balancing effects on the body have become known to many western practitioners that deal specifically with caner or aides patients. 

These particular mushrooms are not ideal to eat (perhaps you could boil it in a soup when it's very, very young and still somewhat soft), you saw off about a tablespoon of the mushroom, simmer it two hours, covered, over low heat, and drink the tea.  It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for several centuries. The Chinese name Ling Zhi translates loosly as the herb of spiritual potency and has been prized as an elixir of immortality. Its traditional Chinese medicine indications include treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and cough.  It is believed to be the oldest mushroom used in medicine and is one of the most respected medicinal mushrooms today. Reishi had been added to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium. Once rare and expensive, this mushroom is now effectively cultivated and is readily available.

Several companies have sold supplements and other products infused with the extract or spores of these medicinal marvels for years and their popularity is growing with the word of mouth rage over their results in many different and surprising areas.
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d ds answered
In literature, a mushroom is considered to be a symbol of immorality and eccentricity. As it lacks leaves and flowers but still resembles a plant it is also considered to be a symbol of peculiarity or strange things. The mushroom symbolizes the occurrence of a situation which will be unexpected and have long lasting effects that are very strange and unthinkable.
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Delun Kang answered

Hello Joe Gilbert.

This is a good question you asked here. Mushrooms are
fruiting bodies that produce spores, growing from the hyphae of fungi concealed
in soil or wood. Proverbial for rapid growth. The 'Ling-zhi' formerly
'Ling-chih'is familiar to the whole of China, and it has played an important
role in Chinese and Japanese culture for at least two thousand years. Images of
the mushroom can be seen frequently depicted in the ancient, oriental art. In
the case of so-called Ling-zhi, an impressively large arsenal of more than 400
identified bioactive compounds is produced. This present mushroom's top has an
unmistakably varnished appearance, making it one of the less demanding to spot.
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