Wound healing activity of an aqueous extract of the Lingzhi or Reishi medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (higher Basidiomycetes)

Int J Med Mushrooms. 2014;16(4):345-54. doi: 10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.v16.i4.50.


The Lingzhi or Reishi medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (higher Basidiomycetes) is popular because of its health-promoting properties. The effects of G. lucidum extract on cancer, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and hepatitis have been reported by many researchers. This investigation was undertaken to evaluate the healing efficacy of an aqueous lyophilized extract of G. lucidum from the Indian Himalayan region on dermal excision wound in experimental rats. The extract used in the study was found to be rich in total polyphenol and flavonoid contents. The healing efficacy was comparatively assessed with a reference povidone-iodine ointment. The G. lucidum extract showed significant enhanced healing activity, evidenced by an increase in wound contraction, collagen accumulation (hydroxyproline), hexosamine, and total protein contents. Histopathological findings further supported the biochemical indices. The results suggest that aqueous lyophilized extract of G. lucidum possesses significant wound-healing activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Complex Mixtures / chemistry
  • Complex Mixtures / isolation & purification
  • Complex Mixtures / pharmacology*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Flavonoids / analysis
  • India
  • Male
  • Polyphenols / analysis
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Reishi / chemistry*
  • Reishi / isolation & purification
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*
  • Wounds and Injuries / drug therapy*


  • Complex Mixtures
  • Flavonoids
  • Polyphenols