Poria (fu ling) September 11 2014

A well-used herb from the Chinese Materia Medica, poria is less-known to Western traditions.

Chinese Herbal Properties: transforming, calming, tonifying

SCIENCE

Poria is a kind of mushroom, with outstanding abilities to remove excess fluid from tissue.  Its luminous white color is regarded as signifying its value an anti-inflammatory and skin-brightener. Preliminary studies point to anti-tumor properties, making it a valuable botanical for topical skincare.

 

HISTORY

Poria is highly-regarded for its calming effect on both the mind and body. Native Americans ate the poria plant as food in times of need.  For this reason it is sometimes called "Indian Bread".