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Firebird ( Phellinus linteus (Berk. Et Curt.) Teng )

(synonym: sang hwang)

Phellinus linteus (Berkeley et MA Curtis) Teng is a slowly growing woodgrass parasite on mulberries. Together with our flames, it belongs to the miraculous order of Hymenochaetaceae and is highly valued in Asian traditional medicine (Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea). Together with (synonyms: sang hwang)

Phellinus linteus (Berkeley et MA Curtis) Teng is a slowly growing woodgrass parasite on mulberries. Together with our flames, it belongs to the miraculous order of Hymenochaetaceae and is highly valued in Asian traditional medicine (Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea). Together with lesklokorkou and caterpillar, it is one of the most popular curative fungi . In nature it is rare and it is difficult to cultivate.

The Medline database today (March 2009) has registered 82 scientific papers on the Fenugreek. The only up-to-date publication is Zhu2008mmp from Harvard Medical School, the abstract of which summarizes P. linteus's action as follows (rewritten):

Firebird has a millenary tradition in the treatment of diseases such as digestive disorders , diarrhea, bleeding and cancer. In an effort to translate traditional knowledge about this fungus into Western science standards, researchers have demonstrated immunomodulatory (stimulatory and suppressive) and anti-tumor effects . It induces apoptosis in many cancers without damaging normal tissues. Studies on antitumour action and synergy with conventional cytostatics have gradually confirmed its traditional status of anticancer agent.

In Taiwan, this mushroom is called san huan and is devoted to considerable attention. The Taiwanese study, Chuu2008mmp, confirms strong antioxidant activity , action against lung cancer and melanoma . Specifically, its effect on colon and rectal cancer cells ( Song2011ppp, etc.)

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