Polyporus umbellatus, when and how to use it

Edited by Ilaria Porta, Iridology Naturopath

Polyporus umbellatus is a medicinal mushroom very useful as a diuretic and above all potassium saver and also used as a natural immunostimulant in the flu. Let's find out better.


Mushroom description

It is a saprophytic fungus that grows in the summer and autumn on the roots of beech, maple, and oak trees, resembles the Frondosa Grifola, but is less woody and more rare. Also known by the name Zhu ling where Zhu means "pig" and ling "mushroom" and refers to the appearance of the fungus similar to the excrement of the pig.

Its taste is sweet and its prolonged use can weaken the Yin.

In Chinese tradition, Polyporus is used for its diuretic and skin-enhancing properties, relaxes muscle tissue and facilitates urination during pregnancy. In mycotherapy it is used to treat inflammations and infections affecting the genitourinary system.

In TCM the Polyporus has been used for about 2000 years and has always been appreciated for its diuretic, potassium-sparing, renal support and mineral-saving properties for skin and hair.

In Polyporu Umbellatus ergosterol, biotin, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alphahydroxytetranoic acid, proteins, fibers, iron, carbohydrates, potassium, calcium and trace elements such as manganese, copper and zinc have been found.

The properties of Polyporus umbellatus

Excellent diuretic and especially potassium saver, in fact in this fungus the ratio between sodium and potassium is 5 :, as it should be in our diet, in fact usually the ratio is 1: 2 and this means putting the kidneys under stress .

A hypertension often treated with diuretics can improve with the use of this important medicinal fungus. Through this net saving and nutrition protects the kidney and promotes good physiological functioning.

Improves bone structure, hair and nails and promotes growth and also tends to preserve collagen .

Useful in constipation, it supports the genitourinary system and therefore also the prostate, useful in cystitis both as a preventative and as an antimicrobial in the infection.

Immunostimulant natural in the flu, in diseases supported by viruses and bacteria, influences, bronchitis and cough and is also useful in psycho-emotional stress.

Useful as a support in case of bladder cancer in association with Maitake.

It is also associated with Agaricus blazei murrili in support of lung cancer therapies since it also has pulmonary tropism.

Its important action on the lymphatic system makes it very effective in lymphomas and leukemias always together with ABM and also when you are in a state of organic intoxication because it speeds up the elimination of toxins through the lymphatic system.

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When to use it

Its most important action is the diuretic and lymphatic system, but it is also a powerful eliminator of toxins, it acts in support of bladder cancer, when there is prostatic inflammation, cystitis, hypertension.

Excellent as a strengthening of hair, bones and nails, exceptional support action on the Kidney.

The Polyporus umbellatus in traditional Chinese medicine

In MTC its use is not recommended for prolonged periods and is not even recommended in "excess heat" and internal dryness as it can weaken the Yin.

Eliminates moisture and acts on the Water and Earth Lodges, it has a diuretic action, indicated for difficulty in urination, edema, leucorrhoea and diarrhea.

Exerts its action on the Kidney and Spleen Meridians

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