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Polyporus (zhu ling)
What is polyporus? What is it used
Polyporus is a large, golden brown mushroom that grows in
wooded areas, especially on and around trees. It is characterized
by a large, bracket- or saddle-shaped body, with a white underside
and large pores, and has a bland or slightly sweet taste.
The body of the mushroom is used medicinally.
As a standalone product, polyporus has both diuretic and
anti-inflammatory properties. It has been traditionally been
used to treat edema, genitouninary infections, urinary retention,
diarrhea, and vaginal discharges. It also enhances the capabilities
of the immune system. There is anecdotal evidence that polyporus
may have antitumor properties, which have caused some people
to promote its use in treating some forms of cancer.
Polyporus is often combined with other products to create
potent herbal formulas. It is sometimes taken in combination
with poria, red atractylodes, corn silk and alisma to promote
urinary and reduce inflammation; other herbalists combine
polyporus with ganoderma, poria, astragalus, coriolus and
shitake to strengthen the immune system.
How much polyporus should I take?
The amount of polyporus to be taken depends on the condition
being treated. Many practitioners recommend between 6-15 grams
of polyporus daily (less if being used in conjunction with
other products). Be sure to consult with a trained, licensed
health care professional before taking polyporus or any other
What forms of polyporus are available?
Dried polyporus is available at many Asian markets and specialty
health food stores. It is also sold as a powder.
What can happen if I don't get enough
polyporus? What can happen if I take too much? Are there any
side-effects I should be aware of?
Polyporus should not be used by women who are pregnant or
lactating. It should also not be taken by patients with an
acute illness. There are no known drug interactions with polyporus.
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