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European medicinal polypores - a modern view on traditional uses

Journal of ethnopharmacology | 3 May 2014

U Grienke, M Zöll, U Peintner and JM Rollinger
Abstract
In particular five polypore species, i.e. Laetiporus sulphureus, Fomes fomentarius, Fomitopsis pinicola, Piptoporus betulinus, and Laricifomes officinalis have been widely used in central European folk medicines for the treatment of various diseases, e.g. dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, bladder disorders, pyretic diseases, treatment of coughs, cancer, and rheumatism. Prehistoric artefacts going back to over 5,000 years underline the long tradition of using polypores for various applications ranging from food or tinder material to medicinal-spiritual uses as witnessed by two polypore species found among items of Ötzi, the Iceman.
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Amadou, Ötzi the Iceman, Medicine, Fomes fomentarius, Fungus, Polypore, Laetiporus, Fomitopsidaceae
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