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Poria - Poria Cocos Cortex

Poria Cocos Fu Ling

Pinyin: Fu Ling Latin: Poria Cocos

Physical Characteristics*

Poria cocos (Chinese Pinyin: Fu Ling) is a sweet, bland and neutral herb. This medicinal fungus has been widely used and highly respected in Asia. In the wild, Poria cocos grows much like the European truffle, only it grows around the roots of certain pine trees instead of oaks. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is claimed to soothe the heart, disperse moisture and stagnation, strengthen vital energy, and assuage agitation; treat abdominal distension, edema, difficult urination, diabetes and diarrhea; enhance, protect, and restore liver function; modulate the immune system, balance blood sugar, and boost fat metabolism; have a whitening effect of skin, and reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads.*

Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses*

In TCM, Fu ling has been used for edema, improving liver and kidney functions, strengthen the spleen, calm the spirit, removal of obstructive phlegm and help with insomnia.1  Fu ling has also been used to support the following: improve body weight, improve appetite, lessen or prevent side effect of chemo therapy, protect bone marrow, improve radiation therapy on nose and throat cancers, diarrhea, improve schizoid condition, for baldness, as diuretics, in urinary difficulty, edema, water retention, pixu with water retention. Urination difficulty due to damp heat. Pixu with mucus production and headache, dizziness, palpitations, with think greasy tongue coating. Palpitation, insomnia or forgetfulness, loss of appetite. Inflammation of the uterus and chronic sinusitis, diuretics, reducing plasma glucose, tranquilizing, inhibits bacteria, relaxing effect on smooth muscles, improves immune system.2*

References

Sources:
1. Dan Bensky, Steven Clavey, Erich Stoger, Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Eastland Press, Inc., 267-269, 2004
2. www.alternativehealing.org; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poria_cocos 


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