Fu Ling | 茯苓

Common Chinese Name: 茯苓, Fu Ling

Common English Name: Poira

Common Form: White, dried mushroom in the forms of cubes, slices, rolls, or powder

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, bland

TCM Energetics: Neutral

Meridian Affinity: Heart, Spleen, Kidneys

Nutritional Science:

  • Nutrients: digestive enzyme, lecithin
  • Functions: good for heart health, lowers blood sugar, inhibits the formation of gastric ulcers, boosts immunity, inhibits tumor growth

TCM Benefits:

  • Helps with weight loss and relieves food stagnation
  • Helps with digestion and relieves diarrhea
  • Helps with heart palpitations
  • Relieves insomnia and fatigue 
  • Promotes urination and decreases water retention

Cooking Suggestions:

  • Average serving size: 10-15g dried
  • Rinse well before using, can be added into soups and porridges (needs to cook for 2-3 hours to achieve a soft texture) 

Notes and Safety:

  • Generally safe for consumption. Do not consume in case of yin deficiency without dampness or phlegm 
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    Written by Five Seasons TCM

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