Alphay Lingzhi Museum
Lingzhi Culture: A 2,000 year old tradition
For more than 2,000 years, Lingzhi has been the most highly revered herb in Asia, typically referred to as the “herb of longevity.” According to the time-honored 5 Elements of Heath and Balance, the foundation of Chinese Medicine, each of the body’s major organ systems are nourished by Lingzhi; thus, it is said to balance all 5 Elements of the body, mind and spirit. In many ways, Lingzhi, and the other edible mushrooms found in all Alphay products can be considered to be the “vehicles” for transporting important nutritional constituents into the physical body.
Lingzhi is, quite simply, one of the most intensively researched herbs in the world, with hundreds of well documented, naturally occurring molecular compounds. More than 200 species of Lingzhi exist worldwide, with Ganoderma Lucidium being the most recognized and studied species. Much of the current research on Lingzhi has focused on the long-chain polysaccharide molecules such as beta glucans, and a host of other bioactive constituents which, in total, account for the mushroom’s broad spectrum of support for the human body.
In ancient texts and records, it is written that China was the first country to study the miraculous medicinal and healing properties of the Lingzhi mushroom. Known as “lucky grass”, it is revered as a symbol of luck and happiness, and the mythology of Lingzhi has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years.
Social progress and scientific technological developments in the late 20th Century enabled Lingzhi to be successfully cultivated and its pharmacological and biological effects to be verified. Alphay Founder and Chairman Hui Chen, who has devoted himself to the study and development of Lingzhi products for the past two decades, has established the Lingzhi Cultural Museum on the Alpahy campus in Nantong, in collaboration with other renowned scientists and mycologists.