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Overview Information

Poria mushroom is a fungus. The filaments, threads in which food material is stored, are used for medicine.

In traditional medicine, poria mushroom filaments have been used for loss of memory (amnesia), anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, tension, nervousness, dizziness, urination problems, fluid retention, sleep problems (insomnia), an enlarged spleen, stomach problems, diarrhea, tumors, and to control coughing.

Poria filaments have been used in various herbal combination products for treating diarrhea, ongoing kidneyinflammation (chronic glomerulonephritis), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and for decreasing upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding.

How does it work?

Poria mushroom contains chemicals that might improve kidney function, lower serum cholesterol, reduce inflammation, or change immune function. It might also have antitumor and anti-vomiting effects.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of poria mushroom for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Poria mushroom is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. There aren't any known harmful effects of poria mushroom. But it hasn't been well researched by scientists.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of poria mushroom during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of poria mushroom depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for poria mushroom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Fuchs SM, Heinemann C, Schliemann-Willers S, Härtl H, Fluhr JW, Elsner P. Assessment of anti-inflammatory activity of Poria cocos in sodium lauryl sulphate-induced irritant contact dermatitis. Skin Res Technol. 2006 Nov;12(4):223-7. View abstract.
  • Gong QM, Wang SL, Gan C. [A clinical study on the treatment of acute upper digestive tract hemorrhage with wen-she decoction]. Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1989;9:272-3, 260. View abstract.
  • Hattori T, Hayashi K, Nagao T, et al. Studies on antinephritic effects of plant components (3): Effect of pachyman, a main component of Poria cocos Wolf on original-type anti-GBM nephritis in rats and its mechanisms. Jpn J Pharmacol 1992;59:89-96. View abstract.
  • Jang TR, Kao MF, Chen CH, Hsieh KC, Lai WY, Chen YY. Alleviating effects of dehydration under no hyperthermia on the immunomodulatory response to the polysaccharide fraction from fu-ling (Poria cocos) in male collegiate wrestlers. Chin Med J (Engl). 2011 Feb;124(4):530-6. View abstract.
  • Kaminaga T, Yasukawa K, Kanno H, et al. Inhibitory effects of lanostane-type triterpene acids, the components of Poria cocos, on tumor promotion by 12-O tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate in two-stage carcinogenesis in mouse skin. Oncology 1996;53:382-5. View abstract.
  • Li YL. [Clinical and experimental study on the treatment of children diarrhea by granule of children-diarrhea fast-stopping]. [Article in Chinese]. Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1991;11:79-82, 67. View abstract.
  • Nukaya H, Yamashiro H, Fukazawa H, et al. Isolation of inhibitors of TPA-induced mouse ear edema from Hoelen, Poria cocos. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1996;44:847-9. View abstract.
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  • Tseng J, Chang JG. Suppression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6 and granulocyte-monocyte colony stimulating factor secretion from human monocytes by an extract of Poria cocos. Chung Hua Min Kuo Wei Sheng Wu Chi Mien I Hsueh Tsa Chih 1992;25:1-11. View abstract.
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  • Wang SS, Yang S, Ma Y. [Efficacy of poria-polyporus anti-diarrhea oral liquor in treating infantile rotavirus diarrhea: a controlled study with smicta]. Chung Kuo Chung Hsi I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih 1995;15:284-6. View abstract.
  • Wei W, Shu S, Zhu W, Xiong Y, Peng F. The Kinome of Edible and Medicinal Fungus Wolfiporia cocos. Front Microbiol. 2016 Sep 21;7:1495. View abstract.
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