Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium)

Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium)

Herb 28 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Cool Zhu Ling (Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati)
Sweet, Bland, Cool (or Neutral)
Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati
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zhū líng
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Promotes Urination and Drains Damp
    For edema, scanty urine, diarrhea, difficult, painful, turbid urination, leucorrhea, spermatorrhea, and jaundice

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use only in cases with damp.
  • Do not use in patients with dizziness due to yin deficiency
  • Long term use can be draining and drying.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Caution should be used in patients taking prescribed diuretics though no adverse events are documented.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction 12
  • 6-12 grams in decoction 13

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Zhu Ling is better at promoting urination than Fu Ling but lacks the ability to tonify the Spleen and calm spirit.
  • Zhu Ling is better at promoting urination than Ze Xie but cannot cool blazing ministerial fire. Both herbs treat spermatorrhea but Zhu Ling is for damp-heat in the lower jiao while Ze Xie is for disturbed essence due to blazing ministerial fire

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

  • Zhu Ling has demonstrated the following physiological effects; diuretic (1), anticancer (2), antibiotic (3), boosted immunity (4), hepatoprotective (5).
  • Zhu Ling has proven effective in human clinical trials for suppressing tumor growth in lung cancer, leukemia, and liver, nose and throat cancer. (6) It has also been shown effective for psoriasis (7) and chronic viral hepatitis (8)

    1. Yao Xue Xue Bao, 1964; 11(12):815
    2. Yao Xue tong Bao, 1985; (2):74
    3. Zhong Yao Xue, 1998, 334:336
    4. Zhong Guo Mian Yi Xue Za Zhi, 1991; 7(3):185
    5. Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Lin Chuan, 1989; 5(3):37
    6. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi, 1984; 3:141
    7. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi, 1984; 3:141
    8. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zha, 1988; 3:141

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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