Polyporus officinalis

biologist at metro.net biologist at metro.net
Wed Jun 9 09:30:59 EST 1999

In article <7jco8p$krg$1 at nnrp1.deja.com>, rkhen at softhome.net wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I'm writing an article on officinal herbs and have smacked into a brick wall
> on Polyporus officinalis, which is apparently also called Chinese agaric.
> Aside from that, I haven't been able to find any info  on this fungus, either
> online or off. Can anyone tell me what it looks like, what its natural range
> is, or what Asian doctors use it for?
> Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
> --
> RK Henderson
> Writer and Photographer

The name was changed in 1941 to Fomitopsis officinalis, also known as the
quinine fungus.  Agaricin has been extracted from it and used as medicine
since the time of the Greeks. Pharmaceutical companies make it
synthetically today.

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