Polyporus umbellatus

Polyporus umbellatus
Polyporus umbellatus


Polyporus umbellatus is thought to have been used as a traditional antibiotic for more than 1000 years. Its antibacterial effect proved itself of use for both wound disinfection and for general strengthening. The glacial mummy Ötzi carried a birch polypore related to Polyporus to protect against infections. This mushroom is also known as a diuretic substance that regulates lymph flow. Certain substances, which play a key role in new hair growth as bioactive components, are meeting with great interest within the scientific community.

Applications tested in practice

• Modulation of the immune system

The polysaccharides and, specifically, certain triterpenes in Polyporus umbellatus display a strong antioxidant effect. This makes the mushroom interesting both for general immunomodulation as well as for targeted support of the defences in particularly stressful times of life.

• Promoting drainage

The Polyporus component ergon is documented to have a diuretic effect. This substance is an aldosterone antagonist and in this way ensures increased water excretion, without the body losing a large quantity of potassium at the same time.

• Regulating the blood pressure

Maitake particularly has a positive influence on diastolic blood pressure. A blood pressure-lowering synergy effect can be achieved by additionally taking Reishi and Maitake. Heart function is supported.

• Improvement in hair growth and the structure of the skin

Special Polyporus components are presumably able to stimulate the new growth of hair and extend the hair growth phase. This medicinal mushroom is thus chosen when increased hair loss is present or feared.

• Support as part of cancer prevention and treatment

Various studies confirm the anti-tumoral effect of Polyporus in the development and recurrence of tumours. The medicinal mushroom can also be used preventatively with its cell-protecting properties.

Other names

Lumpy bracket, Grifola umbellata, Umbrella polypore, chuling, zhuling, zhu ling, chorei


Polyporus umbellatus grows in temperate climate zones in Europe and Asia.

Special features

In mycotherapy, it is not the fruiting body of this mushroom but rather the compact, woven mycelium mass found under the surface of the ground, called the sclerotium, that is used. The substances contained in it are in a particularly high concentration.
The information on this page is of a general nature. It does not represent any advice for individual cases regarding the use of the individual medicinal mushrooms and is also unable to replace such advice. Please always discuss the consumption of medicinal mushrooms for preventative or therapeutic purposes with your treating doctor or alternative practitioner.