Botanical name - Polyporus umbellatus
Chinese Name - Zhu Ling (sclerotium)
Japanese Name - Chorei Maitake (fruiting body)
Like its close relative Grifola frondosa (Maitake), Umbrella Polypore forms a hyphal mass or sclerotium around the roots of host treess and it is this form that as traditionally been harvested.
Li Shi Zhen, in his comprehensive materia medica the Ben Cao Gang Mu (1578), says of this mushroom’s actions, quoting the earlier Shen Nong Ben Cao, ‘dispersing invading vicious factors and facilitating urination. Long term use makes one feel happy and vigorous and look younger’.
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