Fu Ling

Fu Ling in TCM:


English Name: poria, indian bread, tuckahoe
Pharmacuetical Name: Poria
Properties: sweet, bland, neutral
Explore the properties of Fu Ling according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: neutral
Channels: SP, HT, UB, KD
Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi
Regulates: clears damp, resolves water accumulations, resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms:
  • bai fu ling- diuretic and for tonifying
  • chi fu ling- light red - more for damp-heat
  • fu ling pi- skin
  • fu shen- better for calming spirit: center of fungus (around the root)

Actions / Indications:
  • Resolves dampness, promotes urination (various types of edema, urinary difficulty, PUD, or scanty urine due to cold or heat, excess or deficiency)
  • Strengthens SP, harmonizes middle jiao (SP deficiency with damp with symptoms of low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distension; congested fluids causing palpitations, dizziness; phlegm-damp due to SP deficiency)
  • Quiets heart, calms spirit (palpitations; insomnia, forgetfulness)
  • (cc: frequent, copious urination due to deficient cold)

    Special Notes:
  • Be sure to slice thin when cooking: even after cooking a block of Fu Ling may be dry in the middle.
  • Zhu Ling has a stronger diuretic function than Fu Ling, and without the tonic properties.