PORIA COCOS, also 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 looks like a potato that may be seen growing in pine tree roots and dead barks that can destroy timber if left unattended. This mushroom has a soft texture with a sweet flavour when used in cooking. It is usually dried and used in ancient Chinese medication.
History and Origin
Poria is known in traditional Asian medicine to treats dampness, which is beneficial for people who are suffering from insomnia. It is well known in more traditional Korean folklore as a medicinal herb which is a blessing from the Gods.
This mushroom 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 that this mushroom contains monosaccharide that is responsible for its anti tumor properties. Poria 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. Poria also has antiemetic properties and can also benefit many gastrointestinal problems. Its central nervous system effects have also made the Poria an invaluable treatment for depression. The effect of Poria in depression is comparable to the anti depressant drug Prozac when it comes to effectiveness and therapeutic effects.
The use of Poria 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. In animals, the use of Poria is for the treatment of inflammation and pain of joints and connective tissue.