Poria ( 茯苓 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Fungus adhering to a specific pine tree
Heart, Spleen, Lungs
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.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there are deficient-cold symptoms or excessive urination.