Poria Cocos

The vital mushroom Poria Cocos has long been highly prized in East Asia. It has traditionally been used as a tonic to enhance vitality and general well-being. It is also valued for its promotion of the harmonious flow of vital energy, especially with advancing age. In China it is called Fu Ling.

Poria Cocos occurs naturally mainly in the east of China. It also occurs in Australia and the south-east of the USA. It grows in the ground under pine trees. This vital mushroom is also known by the name of “coconut mushroom”, but this is due to its appearance rather than to its taste.

Its round form and brown skin evoke a small coconut. In English, Poria Cocos is called "Indian Bread", "Indian Potato" or "Tuckahoe".

This mushroom has been applied in East Asia for centuries and supports the regulation of the body’s water balance. It soothes heart and mind and strengthens the spleen.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Poria cocos is closely related to the kidneys, spleen and heart. This is linked to its high therapeutic value in case of complaints and diseases which are caused by disturbances in the functioning of these organs.

Valuable ingredients

Poria cocos contains a wide range of important vital substances, proteins and very interesting polysaccharides, including beta-pachyman and the diuretically acting poriatin. .

In addition, Poria cocos is rich in various triterpene acids and choline or lecithin. Like all vitality mushrooms, it also contains ergosterol (vitamin D2 precursor) and valuable trace elements. For example, zinc, manganese and copper.

Poria cocos contributes to a healthy regulation of the body’s water balance. It stimulates the drainage of accumulated fluids and mucus. It supports the diuresis which means the excretion of water through the kidneys.

Its application - even in the long term - does not lead to the excretion of the precious mineral potassium nor dehydration.

Furthermore, it is a valuable medicinal mushroom for a weakened spleen and soothes the heart and mind. In addition, it also has a blood sugar lowering effect.

Application range in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Properties: sweet, neutral

  • Problems with urination such as sparse or absent urine

  • Residual urine

  • Diarrhea

  • Pressure in the stomach

  • Pain in the abdomen

  • Lack of appetite

  •  Edema and mucus stagnation

  • Spleen weakness with accumulation of pathogenic (disease-causing) moisture

  • Exhaustion and lethargy

  • Tiredness after eating

  •  Cardiac arrhythmias

  • Restlessness and insomnia

Contraindications

In case of excessive urine flow and prolapse of the urogenital organs it is advisable not to take the Poria cocos. Caution is also indicated during pregnancy

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