Zhu Ling - Polyporus Sclerotium

TCM Materia Medica

Zhu Ling TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zhu ling" which in english is Zhu Ling herb"polyporus sclerotium", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, spleen and urinary bladder channels and exhibits cool and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, scanty urination, cloudy painful urination, vaginal discharge, jaundice, diarrhea.

Zhu Ling may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, edema and/or jaundice

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhu ling is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewWu Ling San Wan (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria)

Generally used, often in conjunction with other formulas, as a mild-diuretic and mild spleen strengthening formula - for edema from spleen qi deficiency primarily.

As noted above, zhu ling is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... there are two main types of dampness: accumulation of fluids in the body - edema, congested fluids (respiratory and digestive system). these herbs are good for edema below the wais…)".

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