Poria (Wolfiporia extensa, Sclerotium poriae cocos.) is a type of mushroom with a long and respected history in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It is considered one of the premier Yin tonic herbs. Next to licorice, it is the most frequently used herb in Chinese herbalism.
It is used to cook with and is also used as a medicinal herb to boost immune function, calm anxiety, and support sleep. It also has antitumor properties.
It is now also used in the West to fight cancer, boost immune function, counter the impacts of stress, and help treat diabetes.