Are there any uses of the veiled polypore mushroom (Cryptoporus volvatus)?

Are there any uses of the veiled polypore mushroom (Cryptoporus volvulus)?

This polypore fungus decomposes the rotting sapwood of the coniferous trees after these trees get infested by the pine bark beetles. 

This fungus is commonly used as an indicator species, signifying that pine beetles have infiltrated those coniferous trees for sure. 

We can find the evidence by tiny boreholes that penetrate to the inner sapwood, the substrate Cryptoporus volvulus specializes in. 

Thereby, it serves as the beetle indicators in that area/niche of concern.

Cryptoporus volvulus has so many different types of uses:-they have these active known constituents

  • B-Glucans,
  • Triterpenes
  • sesquiterpenes
  • Volatile oils
  • Amino acids
  • Cryptozoic acids

Therapeutic Actions

Anti-tumor, Anti-allergy, Anti-viral, Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulatory

Medicinal Use

  • Documented in the Materia Medica of Yunnan, the fruiting body has been used for asthma and bronchitis dating back to the 15th century AD
  • When given a dose of 5mg/ml, the H1N1 virus was blocked by the aqueous extract. Compared to the control group, there was only 20% virus entry into cells.
  • The aqueous extract also exhibits antiviral activity against Influenza A virus in vitro and in vivo.
  • It has been shown to inhibit both early and late stages in virus replication
  • Studies have shown strong antioxidant, free radical scavenging activity
  • Cytotoxic activity was observed against human cervix epithelial carcinoma cell lines (Hela) and human hepatoma cell lines.
  • Some traditional uses of this mushroom include use in tracheitis, asthma, hemorrhoids, anti-decrepitude, toothache, and anti-inflammatory
  • The polysaccharides in the H20 extract from the fruiting body significantly alleviated symptoms of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
  • For sore throat, place five to eight pieces, that have been previously simmered in water, in the mouth without chewing.
  • Cryptoporus polysaccharide treatment down-regulates LPS-mediated inflammation in lung epithelial cells. This can be a helpful anti-inflammatory for the treatment of airway inflammatory diseases.


Transforms phlegm and stops coughing

  • used in TCM to stop bleeding in the intestines, to treat hemorrhoids, carbuncles, furuncles, and toothache. Traditionally decocted as an anti-inflammatory for asthma and bronchial conditions.

EditHealth Warning! Just wanted to add that not all types of mushrooms are edible and/or touchable. This mushroom is inedible because of its tough fruiting body.

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