Protective Effect of Ganoderma (Lingzhi) on Radiation and Chemotherapy

  • Lihua Chen
  • Abudumijiti Abulizi
  • Min LiEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1182)


Radiation and chemotherapy are common and mainstay treatments for cancer patients. But they are also usually associated with some toxicity and side effects in most of the patients. Ganoderma (Lingzhi) is considered as a major kind of complementary/alternative medicine and used to prevent the adverse effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy. This chapter reviewed the protective effects of Ganoderma (Lingzhi) on radiation and chemotherapy, including the preventive effects on myelosuppression, intestinal injury, nephrotoxicity, cardiovascular toxicity, and other side effects. Both basic researches and clinical studies of Ganoderma (Lingzhi) in preventing side effects induced by radiation and chemotherapy were reviewed.


Ganoderma Lingzhi Polysaccharides Polysaccharide peptides Myelosuppression Intestinal mucosal immune 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine Clinical LaboratoryThe Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologySchool of Basic Medical Sciences, Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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