August 24, 2016

Poria Mushroom

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What other names is Poria Mushroom known by?

Bai Fu Ling, Champignon Poria, China-root, Fu Ling, FuShen, Hoelen, Hongos Poria, Indian Bread, Matsuhodo, Mushroom, Polyporus, Poria, Poria cocos, Poria Cocos Sclerotium, Poria Sclerotium, Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, Sclerotium Poria Cocao, Sclerotium Poriae Cocos, Tuckahoe, Wolfiporia cocos.

What is Poria Mushroom?

Poria mushroom is a fungus. The filaments, threads in which food material is stored, are used for medicine.

In traditional medicine, poria mushroom filaments have been used for loss of memory (amnesia), anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, tension, nervousness, dizziness, urination problems, fluid retention, sleep problems (insomnia), an enlarged spleen, stomach problems, diarrhea, tumors, and to control coughing.

Poria filaments have been used in various herbal combination products for treating diarrhea, ongoing kidney inflammation (chronic glomerulonephritis), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and for decreasing upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Amnesia.
  • Anxiety.
  • Restlessness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Tension.
  • Nervousness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Difficult or painful urination.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Insomnia.
  • Inflamed spleen.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Tumors.
  • Coughs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of poria mushroom for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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