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Songi Mushroom and Its Medical Properties
2022-08-01
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Songi Mushroom and Its Medical Properties

 
 
More than hundred species of edible mushrooms grow in the mountains and fields in Korea, out of them 40 species including the songi mushroom are very common.
Songi mushroom grows in pine groves in autumn. It is spread in all areas of Korea including the middle and northern parts. The best known is the one growing in Mt Chilbo in the North Hamgyong Province.
From olden times it was used as one of very dear foodstuffs and valuable medicinal materials for it has a good taste and plenty medical properties capable of preventing and treating various diseases.
It contains protein, fat, saccharinity and cellulose.
The cap of mushroom has 13 kinds of aminoacids, especially plenty of aspartic acid, glutamic acid, alanine, arginine, valine and leucin. It has also plenty of vitamins B₁, B₂, PP especially in dry mushrooms. It also contains such minerals as calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium and other organic acids. The following are its pharmacological actions:
- It has anti-cancer actions against gastric carcinoma and cancer of large bowel and effective in the treatment and prevention of sarcoma.
- It is efficacious for improving low appetite and treating gastritis hypoacidity, chronic diarrhea and dysuria.
- It is effective to the growth of children and in particular to the prevention and treatment of the rachitis.
- It prevents arteriosclerosis and improves blood circulation.
- It warms the body and improves complexion. 

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