Grifola ( 猪苓 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Polypori Umbellati

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Zhu Ling

Common English Name

Grifola or Polyporus Fungus

Part of Plant Used

Central part of the fungus


Slightly cool


Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Kidneys, Bladder

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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