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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v2.i3.40
6 pages

Traditional Medicinal Mushrooms and Fungi of India

Jitendra G. Vaidya
Department of Botany, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune-411 007, Maharashtra, India
Prasad Y. Lamrood
Department of Botany, Ahmednagar College (affiliated with Savitribai Phule Pune University), Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India

ABSTRACT

Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine in India that describes medicinal uses of several plants and very few mushrooms and wood rotting fungi. The obvious one is phansomba (species of Phellinus). Phansomba, known also as phanas-alombe or phanas-alambi, is commonly sold in ayurvedic shops in the western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa) as a treatment for throat ailments and dental disorders as well as for some ailments of children. The mushroom was discovered in the Pune market in 1985. The present article attempts to describe medicinal uses of phansomba, as well as some other mushrooms and fungi used in folk medicine of India.


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