Veterinarian Reviewed on January 10, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Poria cocos may be called Poria, Tuckahoe, Indian bread or Fu-Ling in Chinese. Poria cocos is a mushroom which is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has been widely accepted in modern medicine as a treatment for inflammation and as a central nervous system depressant.
Poria cocos looks like a potato that may be seen growing in pine tree roots and dead barks. The Poria cocos can destroy timber if left unattended. This mushroom has a soft texture with a sweet flavor when used in cooking. The Poria cocos is usually dried and used in ancient Chinese medication.
History and Origin
The Poria cocos is known in traditional Asian medicine to treats dampness, which is beneficial for people who are suffering from Insomnia. The Poria cocos is well known in more traditional Korean folklore as a medicinal herb which is a blessing from the Gods.
The Poria cocos was primarily used in ancient times as a treatment for tumors, inflammation and also used to treat a myriad of diseases commonly found in animals.
The modern times has led to the research and clinical studies of the Poria cocos this mushroom contains monosaccharide that is responsible for its anti tumor properties. The Poria cocos has anti inflammatory properties that is essential for the treatment of joint pain, swelling and redness in rheumatoid arthritis. It has also diuretic properties that can benefit congestive heart failure and also edema in many types of illnesses. The Poria cocos also has antiemetic properties and can also benefit many gastrointestinal problems. Its central nervous system effects have also made the Poria cocos an invaluable treatment for depression. The effect of Poria cocos in depression is comparable to the anti depressant drug Prozac when it comes to effectiveness and therapeutic effects.
The dosing of Poria cocos is not yet established; contraindications of Poria cocos with any medication has not yet been determined as well. Ear edema, paw and joint edema have been noted to have decreased in dogs and mice. Dermatitis in small mammals was also treated.
The use of Poria cocos for the treatment of cancer is still under research. Recent studies have been made regarding the cancer-fighting capabilities of this mushroom and clinical trials are still under way to determine the direct effect of Poria cocos.
In animals, the use of Poria cocos is for the treatment of inflammation and pain of joints and connective tissue.
The use of Poria cocos for its therapeutic benefits must be consulted to a medical professional. Since the dosage of this mushroom is not yet established it is wise to ask for its dosage for your particular illness from your naturopathic doctor or herbalist as well.
Poria cocos is definitely contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women since it can pose as a risk to the unborn and developing fetus. The effect of Poria cocos on very young children is not yet established either. Interactions with other drugs may be possible so the use of this herbal remedy must be carefully considered before treatment.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan