|Botanical Name:||Poria cocos (schw.) wolf|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fungus is gathered, cut into pieces and dried in the shade.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet or no taste and neutral|
|Meridian:||Heart, spleen and kidney|
|Functions:||To transform dampness and strengthen spleen
To calm the mind
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Dysuria and edema.
*Use with Umbellate pore-fungus (Zhuling), Alismatis rhizome (Zexie) and White atractylodes (Baizhu) in the formula Wuling San.
2. Retention of phlegm and fluids manifested as dizziness, palpitations and cough.
*Use with White atractylodes (Baizhu) and Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) in the formula Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang.
3. Excessive dampness and deficiency of the spleen manifested as poor appetite, diarrhea and lassitude.
*Use with Pilose asiabell root (Dangshen) and White atractylodes (Baizhu) in the formula Sijunzi Tang.
4. Palpitations and insomnia.
*Use with Wild jujube seed (Suanzaoren) and Polygala root (Yuanzhi).