Grifola ( 猪苓 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Grifola or Polyporus Fungus
Part of Plant Used
Central part of the fungus
Spleen, Kidneys, Bladder
This herb is used in formulas to treat edema and associated symptoms of sparse urination' and diarrhea (TCM: stagnant dampness).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Promotes urination and leaches out dampness.
Common Formulas Used In
Hoelen and Polyporus; Hoelen Five.
Cautions in Use
Do not use this herb where there is no dampness or for a prolonged period of time, because it may injure the Yin.