Poria cocos Extract uses
Poria cocos Extract is widely used in Asia, and approximately 10% of medicinal preparations in the 2000 Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China contain Poria cocos Extract(fu-ling). Animal studies suggest potential uses as an immunomodulator and anti-inflammatory agent, and in the management of cancer and diabetes; however, clinical studies are lacking.
Poria cocos Extract, a saprophytic fungus that grows on pine tree roots, has a large potato-shaped formation known as a sclerotium that can be as large as 30 cm long and 1 kg in mass. The texture is soft and elastic, and the flavor is sweet and bland. The fungus is harvested and then dried in the shade.
Different parts of fu-ling are used in Chinese medicine including the bark (fu-ling-pi), outermost reddish layer (chih-fu-ling), middle white layer (bai-fu-ling), and the core (fu-shen). P. cocos synonyms include Sclerotium cocos , Wolfiporia extensa , Wolfiporia cocos , Daedalea extensa , Macrohyporia extensa , Macrohyporia cocos , and Pachyma cocos .