THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES AND CURRENT MEDICAL USAGE OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOM: GANODERMA LUCIDUMAbstract
Mushrooms are an important natural source of food and medicines. Traditionally medicinal properties of mushroom have been well demonstrated particularly in Eastern Asian countries. In modern clinical practices, the bioactive compounds derived from the extract of mushroom sporocarps or mycelium has been widely used for the prevention and treatment of various human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, immune system disorders and infections. Recently, considerable attention is focused on anticarcinogenic bioactive compounds particularly those derived from medicinal or wild mushrooms. The present review analyses the potential therapeutic properties of medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum and their applications in human health care.
K. Deepalakshmi and S. Mirunalini*
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India
08 April, 2011
18 May, 2011
17 July, 2011
01 August, 2011