Polyporus officinalis Fries

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Polyporus officinalis Friesbelongs to Homobasidiomycetes, Polyporaceae, family.
The Arabic Name for this herb is Ghariqun.
The English Names for this herb are Boletus, Larch Agaric, Purging agaric, White agaric, White Heart Rot.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Ghariqun, Mashan.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Polyporus officinalis Fries are Anti-catarrhal, Astringent, Demulcent, Deobstruent, Desiccant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Purgative, Styptic.


The Indications of Polyporus officinalis Fries are Fever, Jaundice, Phthisis, Visceral Obstructions, Dyspepsia, Diarrhoea, Haemorrhages, Joints Pain, Night Sweats, Nephritis, Chills, Uterine obstruction.

No Contra Indication information is available for Polyporus officinalis Fries.


The Temperament of Polyporus officinalis Fries is 3rd order, warm and dry.

Available Brands

No Brand information is available for Polyporus officinalis Fries.

Compound Preparations

Polyporus officinalis Fries is used in the preparation of Anqaruya-i-Kabir, Hab Ayaraj, Itrifal Ghudaddi, Ma'jun Murawweh ul-Arwah, Ma'jun Talkh, Mufarreh Kabir, Sherbet Mushil compounds.


Whole Herb0.500gm - 2.000gmN/A

Herb's Description

Polyporus officinalis Fries. White agaric (Agaricus albus) is in masses varying from the size of an ordinary apple to that of a large nutmeg-melon; its shape somewhat resembles a horse's hoof; it is reddish-grey or yellowish externally, whitish internally, and of a spongy, friable consistence; hymenium concrete; substance of the hymenium consisting of subrotund pores, with their simple dissepiments; pileus corky-fleshy, ungulate, zoned, smooth; pores yellowish;

Taste Odor & Occurrence

Occurence: It occurs in Asia, Central America, Corinthia, Russia.
Odor: The odor of Polyporus officinalis Fries is Feeble
Taste: Bitter, acrid, somewhat sweetish


No information regarding Polyporus officinalis Fries's substitute is currently available.

Active Constituents

Polyporus officinalis Fries's Active constituents:


No information regarding Polyporus officinalis Fries's antidot is currently available.

Warning & Precautions

Large doses may give rise to watery motion,nausea and vomiting,excessive sweats,convulsions and membranous infection in throat. Regarded as harmful for nursing mothers. The dust of the Larch agaric is irritating to mucous surfaces, causing tears when it enters the eyes, and sneezing, cough, and nausea, when the nostrils are exposed to it.


Polyporus officinalis Fries:
Constituent: Agaric acid
Dose: 5 to 15 grains
Effects: Purging and vomiting
AGARICIN (agaric or agaricinic acid), is irritant to the gastro-intestinal tract. Upon the lower animals it depresses the nervous, respiratory, and circulatory systems. According to Riegel 1/6 grain of agaricin is equal, as an antihydrotic, to 3/4 grain of atropine. Long continued use of it will produce looseness of the bowels.