Fu-Ling (Poria)

Fu-Ling, also known as Poria, or Wolfiporia cocos, is a fungus that is generally found in China. The common form of poria is the sclerotium which may assume the shape of irregular chunk, oval, sphere or compressiform. They may grow to a size of less than 10cm in smaller varieties to 30cm in bigger specimens. The skin is dark brown or grayish brown and is formed like a shrinking tumor. It resembles a mushroom when fruiting and emits a peculiar odor.

The major chemical compounds of Fu-Ling include polysaccharide, triterpenoids, ergosterol, undecanoic acid, lauric acid, capryrlic acid, palmitic acid, dodecenoic acid, caprylate, and dodecanoate.

Fu-Ling has mildly sweet to tasteless flavor and has neutral properties, allowing the fungus to be used in various medical formula. It is a time-tested panacea for eliminating dampness, and honoured as one of the Eight Treasures in traditional Chinese medicine. Fu-Ling used to be an expensive ingredient and delicacy reserved for the royal family, but has since been grown abundantly and made available for general consumption.

Alternative Names

Indian buead, Fu Ling Pi, China root, Fu Shen, Tuckahoe, hoelen

Benefits of Fu-Ling

  • Diuretic

  • Antibacterial

  • Digestive

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Strengthens cardiac contractility

  • Strengthens spleen and stomach

  • Improves appetite

  • Soothes the nerves

Fu-Ling’s diuretic and healing effects are activated when combined with other herbs or preparations. Used as adjunct to diuretic herbs such as Cinnamon Twig, Water Plantain Root, Umbellate pore-fungus, and Atractylodes, Fu Ling helps increase the secretion of sodium, chloride, and potassium and alleviates edema and dysuria. Used with cinnamon twig and white atractylodes, it is effective in eliminating phlegm and relieving palpitation and dizziness associated with phlegm retention. It is also used as a cure for extreme dampness and nocturnal emission.

Fu-Ling is used in combination with Dangshen, white atractylodes rhizome, and liquorice to treat anorexia, diarrhea, and abnormal leanness caused by compromised spleen and stomach.

For treating nervousness, amnesia, and palpitations caused by low blood quality and vitality loss, Fu Ling is used along with ginseng, jujube seed, Chinese Angelica root, longan pulp, and other decoctions and preparations for supplementing Qi, enriching the blood, calming the mind, and nurturing the heart.

Fu-Ling has a direct tranquilizing action on the intestine in addition to lowering stomach acid levels and preventing gastric ulcer.

Extraction of Fu-Ling by ethanol was also shown to kill leptospira in vitro.

Fu-Ling is the widely-recognized, natural cure for excessive body fluids and imbalance that bring discomfort, pain, and anxiety.

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