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Sanghuang (Phellinus linteus)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Aoshima medicinal mushroom, bai hua rong, hispidin, hispolon, Hymenochaetaceae (family), interfungins A, lintenole, keumsa sangwhang mushroom, meshimakobu (Japanese), mud mushroom, mulberry yellow, ohňovec hartigův (Czech), polypore, song gen (Chinese), phellinone, Phellinus linteus, sang-hwang (Korean), suanghuang (Chinese), teng.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Sanghuang (Phellinus linteus) is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in Asian countries for centuries for a variety of ailments, including inflammation, gastroenteric dysfunction, and cancer. A perennial mushroom of the phyla Basidiomycota, sanghuang is often found to grow in dead mulberry trees and resembles a clot of yellow mud. The fruiting-bodies of sanghuang are called song gen in China, sang-hwang in Korea, and meshimakobu in Japan. The fungus grows as a parasite on deciduous trees in East Asia and occasionally in other parts of the world.
  • Although human clinical trials are lacking, sanghuang has been used to treat cancer in a few cases. Further, in animals, sanghuang has been shown to reduce tumor size, to prevent metastasis in a variety of cancers, and to enhance the beneficial effects of several anticancer drugs when used in combination therapy. Sanghuang has also been studied in vivo as an anti-inflammatory agent.

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References

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