Polypores are currently being scientifically studied and some species are said to have shown antibiotic effects.
In China it has long been used in traditional medicine. Studies have shown that Ganoderma applanatum contains compounds with potent antitumor, antibacterial antifibrotic properties.
Nowadays, the Chinese and Japanese continue to use Ganoderma applanatum (and other Ganoderma species) as a way to prevent and treat a number of diseases, including hepatitis, hypertension, chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, hyperglycemia, rheumatism, and cancer. In China, Ganoderma applanatum and other Ganoderma species have helped to reduce saracoma 180 (cancer in connective tissues) in white mice, to treat esophageal carcinoma (malignant tumor with epithelial cells), and to treat rheumatic tuberculosis. Chinese medicine has also found Ganoderma species to be helpful in other ways, such as relieving pain, removing heat, resolving indigestion and hemostasis, and reducing phlegm. Steroids, fatty acids, applanoxidic acid, ganoderic acid, ganoderenic acid, and furanoganoderic acid were also taken from extracts of the fruiting bodies. In the medical field of the United States, many bioactive compounds found in higher basidiomycetes, including Ganoderma applanatum, show antitumor, antimicrobial, antibronchial asthma, immune-stimulating, immune-regulating, liver- protecting, anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-allergic and anti-oxidative properties. I bet that blew you out of the water. Who knew that fungi were so helpful to our health? Antibacterial properties were also found in the tube layers of Ganoderma applanatum. The antibacterial properties only fight against gram-negative bacteria, NOT gram-positive bacteria. Ganoderma applanatum has been found to fight cancer. It prevents tumor growth and increases white blood cell activity. G. applanatum doesn’t only help fight cancer, but also helps fight diabetes and the complications that come with that disease. Extracts from Ganoderma applanatum lower glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels significantly. This fungus is used to treat or helpthese different diseases.
In East Asian folk medicine, Ganoderma applanatum is used as a medicinal mushroom. The active ingredients are mainly the triterpenoids and ganoderic acids contained in the sporophylls. The powdered mushroom or an extract is used. Efficacy is allegedly achieved only after a long period of ingestion. The spectrum of applications is very wide and ranges from protection against colds to anticarcinogenic effects.