Poria ( 茯苓 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Poria Cocos

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Fu Ling

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Fungus adhering to a specific pine tree




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




Cautions in Use

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

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