Information on Hoelen

Latin NameWolfiporia cocos
Other NamesTuckahoe
Part UsedSclerotium
Herb FormsBulk herb for tea, capsules, pills.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system, Immune system, Nervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsContraindicated in cases of frequent urination.
Botanical InfoA fungus which grows underground on the roots of pine and other trees. A rather tough fruiting body arises from a black tuber with a fleshy white interior.
DescriptionHoelen is prescribed by Chinese herbalists to increase urinary output, strengthen the digestion, and calm the mind and nerves. It is indicated for heart palpitations and insomnia and is considered tonic to the digestion and adrenals.

Hoelen has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Powder2 capsules 2-3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Hoelen

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Spleen tonicdigestive tonictea
Heart palpitationscalmativetea
Digestion, poordigestive tonictea


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