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Basidiomycetes fungi, including Ganoderma lucidum, have a variety of uses such as providing nutrition and medical remedies. The mushroom G. lucidum has been used for a long time to cure liver problems, heart condition, asthma, cancer, high blood pressure and arthritis. Recently, it has been associated with boosting immune systems in HIV infected persons. It is for these reasons that the mushroom has attracted a lot of attention leading to proposals of cultivating to increase supply to the Southern African market. This study was initiated with the objective of determining the uses of Ganoderma species and other mushrooms by local communities in Oshana and Ohangwena Regions of northern Namibia. A survey was conducted in the 10% households of each of the two northern regions of Namibia. A questionnaire for face-to-face interviews was designed and applied to the two Regions. The information survey has revealed that Ganoderma species have a variety of other traditional uses including veterinary applications, while other five species of mushrooms are used as nerve calming tonics and as treatment of skin infections. The study found out that those interviewed in Ohangwena Region use more mushrooms for medicinal purposes than those interviewed in Oshana Region.
Kadhila-Muandingi PN and Chimwamurombe PM.
Uses of Ganoderma and other Mushrooms as Medicine in Oshana and Ohangwena regions of Northern Namibia.
Journal of Research in Agriculture (2012) 1(2): 146-151.