Fu Ling

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茯 苓

Common Name: China Root / Poria. Pharmaceutical name: Sclerotium Poriae Cocos. Latin botanical name: Poria Cocos and Wolfiporia extensa.

The name Fu Ling in Chinese translates as a wood-decay medicinal fungus. Fu Ling is a white fungus (mushroom) grown on tree wood roots, in particular on the roots of pine trees. The best is grown on the Japanese Red Pine and Masson Pine (of  the Pinaceae family). Like Ling Zhi it has been used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years and equally considered an herb of immortality.

Main uses for Fu Ling in Chinese medicine:
Improves the immune system, cures insomnia, strengthens brain function, inhibits bacteria, cures loss of appetite, palpitations, and forgetfulness, and induces a tranquilizing effect.

Fu Ling stimulates the heart, spleen, lung, and kidney meridians. Treats problems associated with the kidneys and urinary bladder.

Recommended daily dosage: 5 to 15 grams decocted in water and taken as tea.

Avoid using vinegar when using this herb.