Umbrella Polypore - Polyporus umbellatus
Chinese Name - Zhu Ling (sclerotium)
Japanese Name - Chorei Maitake (fruiting body)
Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for promoting urination and relieving fluid accumulation, the Ben Cao Gang Mu (Great Compendium of Matera Medica) says of this mushroom that 'long term use makes one feel happy and vigorous and look younger'!
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