Traditional Uses of Phiman or Sang Hwang Mushroom

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Usa Klinhom
Frank Chanboonyasitt
Suphawat Noophung
Kanokporn Thongprakob
Napaporn Suthiklom
Winai Klinhom


Phiman mushroom (in Thai) or Sang Hwang mushroom (in Chinese and Korea) belongs to the genus of Phellinus. The records of traditional use were scattered in many places. This study aimed to analyse the documents about 200 pieces which reported utilization of this group of mushrooms from various sources. All data were evaluated and making basic information. This information is useful for research and development in the future. The reports showed that many countries including China, Japan, Korea, India, and indiginous tribes in America, Australia, and Thai have traditionally used this mushroom in various formulas for blood purification, abscess, cancer, sore throat, non-stop salivation in children, remove freckles and dark spots on the face, etc. There are many species of Phellinus in Thailand. The information of this study will be benefit for research both in basic and applied research.


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