Polyporus (Polyporus umbellatus) is a well-known diuretic; it eliminates excess sodium and liquids and lowers blood pressure only when it is too high. Many studies have shown that the hypotensive effect occurs gradually (Yuan et al., 2004; Zhang et al., 2010).
Other important studies have documented the beneficial effects of Polyporus on hair: it stops hair falling out, protects it from aging and promotes regrowth, thanks to two substances - the presence of Polyporusterones A and B fixes minerals, the substances that strengthen and encourage the growth of hair and at the same time makes the bones and fingernails stronger (Inaoka et al., 1994; Ishida et al., 1999).
Polyporus has been used for about 4000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is appreciated, in particular, as a powerful natural diuretic, thanks to its ability to eliminate edema and water retention. These virtues are also described in the oldest Chinese manual of herbal medicine and nutrition “Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing” dating back to 2800 BC.
Over the last twenty years the benefits of this Medicinal Mushroom have been fully confirmed and made known thanks to scientific research.
Polyporus (Polyporus umbellatus) is a lignicolous mushroom which grows on tree stumps, mainly of chestnut trees. It is composed of a white stem which forms a base for a large number of small elements (with a maximum diameter of 5 cm).
Brown in colour, it has a pleasant appearance and can reach a weight of several kilograms. It grows in Asia, Europe, North America: it can also be found in Italy.
In Polyporus there are several active ingredients, in particular: