Poria ( 茯苓 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Poria Cocos

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Fu Ling

Common English Name

Poria

Part of Plant Used

Fungus adhering to a specific pine tree

Nature

Neutral

Taste

Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Heart, Spleen, Lungs

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat fluid and phlegm congestion where there is poor metabolism-particularly in digestive system-with symptoms of poor appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, scanty urine, palpitations, insomnia, headache, dizziness, and forgetfulness; also use to treat coughs and asthma, anxiety, and related insomnia.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Promotes urination and leaches out dampness; strengthens Spleen and harmonizes Middle Burner; strengthens Spleen and transforms Phlegm; quiets Heart and calms Spirit.

Common Formulas Used In

Agastache; Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia; Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Bupleurum and Tang Gui; Citrus and Pinellia; Clematis and Stephania; Eight Immortal Long Life Pill; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Hoelen and Polyporus; Hoelen Five; Major Four Herbs; Major Six Herbs; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Rehmannia and Magnetitum; Rehmannia Eight; Rehmannia Six; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Do not use where there are deficient-cold symptoms or excessive urination.



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