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Ling Zhi missing?

Oct. 22, 2018: “Hi, I have “the Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica -3rd edition” book and i was looking for Ling Zhi(ganoderma) in the table of contents but i was unable to find it anywhere. A quick flip through the book i was not able to find it either. is this a typo or was the “Ling Zhi” herb entry purposefully left out of this book and if so why as this herb should be in the Ben Cao Jing as far as i am aware.”

Sabine’s Answer: …It is listed as five different substances depending on the color. "lingzhi" literally means "magic zhi (conk)". In the original "Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica," there are separate entries for red, black, green-blue, white, and yellow zhi, all of which can be used as today's lingzhi. You could have found it in the index under the Latin name "ganoderma" or in the index for modern medicinal pinyin names, where it is listed under Lingzhi. Both of these are in the back of the third edition.

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