Fomitopsis pinicola. 2 lbs. dried fruiting bodies. The fruiting bodies of Red Belted Polypore are used medicinally for a variety of conditions, including liver disfunctions and cancer.
Red Belted Polypore is an attractive, varnished, orangish-red to brownish shelf fungus found on dead conifers. The perennial fruiting body is initially knob-like, forming a hard, rounded or hoof-shaped bracket. The thick; upper surface is at first yellowish-brown to orange-brown and varnished. The margin is banded reddish to orange-brown, with a blunt, white edge. The lower surface is minutely pored, white, and bruises pale yellow to buff. The flesh is woody, yellowish-brown over multiple layers of tubes; the pores of fresh specimens frequently exuding droplets of clear liquid.
Adaptogen – As an Adaptogen, take 1 tsp. tincture of the chopped fruiting body twice daily for six weeks. Analgesic – For headache, combine 1 tsp. Red Belted Polypore tincture with ½ tsp. Licorice Root tincture in ½ cup of warm water, and take as needed. Antidiarrheal – For chronic diarrhea take three #00 capsules of ground dried Red Belted Polypore every three hours until symptoms cease. Cancer aid – Cancer cells cannot easily survive in the blood stream when Red Belted Polypore is present. It is therefore important to begin a regime of the polypore one week prior to surgery to reduce the risk of cancer cells dislodging from an active tumor and traveling to another place via the blood system. Slice Red Belted Polypore into small pieces while still fresh and dry or tincture. Simmer 2 Tbsp. of the pieces in 1 pint of water for 1 hour. Drink 2 cups daily. Licorice root may be added to enhance flavor, if desired. As a tincture take 1 tsp. in 1 cup of water 2 times a day. The tea or tincture is also excellent to take as a cancer preventative. Fevers – For fevers, combine 2 tsp. Red Belted Polypore tincture with ½ cup of warm water, and take as needed. Liver aid – For cleansing the liver or treating jaundice, take two cup of tea daily. To make tea simmer ½ cup of chopped dried Polypore in 1 quart of water for 1 hour. Urinary System aid – To treat excessive urination, take four #00 capsules of ground dried Red Belted Polypore with a small amount of water first thing in the morning and just before bedtime. Stomach aid – Red Belted Polypore tea acts as a tonic to reduce inflammation of the digestive tract and has proven effective in some cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Simmer ½ cup of chopped dried Polypore in 1 quart of water for 1 hour. Add ¼ cup chopped dried Sweet Cicely root and simmer 10 minutes longer. Cool and strain. Reheat 1 cup of the tea and take 30 minutes after each meal.
Polypore Anti-Cancer Soup 2 cups thinly sliced dried Red Belted Polypore, broken into pieces 12 cups spring water or rain water 2 cups beet roots or tops, sliced 2 cups spring or rain water 2 cups dried soaked seaweed 6 cups cabbage, thinly sliced 3 onions, sliced 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 20 cloves garlic, sliced 2 cups carrots, sliced 1 ounce dried chopped Sweet Cicely root 1 cup cooked brown rice
Add Red Belted Polypore to 12 cups of water and bring to a slow simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, and then turn off heat. Set aside and cool. Once the liquid has cooled, strain, discarding mushroom and saving the liquid. Cover beets with 2 cups of water and cook until tender (about 20 minutes). On a low fire, saute the cabbage and onion in olive oil until limp, (5 to10 minutes). Add salt, garlic, carrots, cooked beets and their cooking water, seaweed and Sweet Cicely. Stir well. Add rice and Red Belted Polypore water. Cover the pot tightly and raise the heat to high. As soon as the soup boils, reduce the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let it rest for several hours or overnight. Reheat before serving.