香菇, 香蕈, 冬菇
Pinyin name: Dong Gu
Aka: Xiang Gu
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: Champignon, Shiitake mushroom
Botanical Name: Shiitake Mushroom Shitake fungus. Forest Mushroom Pasania fungus
Pharmaceutical name: Lentinus Edodes
Properties: Sweet, neutral
Channels entered: liver and stomach
Chinese therapeutic actions: Tonify deficiency, strengthen the spleen, stimulate the appetite, expel wind and promote eruption, resolve phlegm and regulate the flow of chi, remove toxicity and treat cancer.
This herb is sold by the pound, in either raw herb form or powdered.