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Fu Ling (Poria Cocos)

  • Botanical name: Poria cocos
  • Common name:  Poria, Sclerotium of tuckahoe, Hoelen, Poria cocos
  • Family:  Polyporaceae
  • Part used in Chinese medicine: Whole fungus

Major Chinese medicine actions:
Strengthens Spleen, harmonizes middle burner, leeches out dampness, transforms phlegm in Spleen deficiency, calms Heart spirit

Poria raw

Photo Credits: (top to bottom)
Photo 1:  Healing Mushrooms
Photo 2:  Medicine Traditions
Photo 3:

Growing and Propagation

This saprophytic fungus grows in the wild on the roots of old dead pine trees.  Facilities such as a general mushroom cultivation house use a ground cultivation method comprised the following steps:  cutting different kinds of wood to 20-30 cm; inoculating germs to the wood in a plastic bag; cultivating the Poria germ in the bag while maintaining proper temperature and humidity; harvesting the Poria.

Harvesting and Preparation

There are many variations in the way Fu Ling is processed and cut.  Unprocessed Fu Ling may be sliced, cut into cubes, or sliced very thin and rolled into cylindrical tubes.  It may also be cut into irregular pieces or crushed into powder.

Fu Ling Pi is the outer layer of the fungal node.  Chi Fu Ling is the portion of the fungus that grows closer to the root and is a white color.  Fu Shen is the innermost part of the fungus that grows around and including the root.


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