The Pom Pom mushroom is a delicate white sphere with soft spines and no stem. It has a mild, sweet taste and pleasant texture that have been compared to lobster or very tender veal. Its appearance has earned it many interesting common names including Monkey's Head, Lion's Mane, Bear's Head, Old Man's Beard, and Satyr's Beard. Among its other medicinal benefits, pom pom is best known for its traditional use in treating ailments of the stomach and digestive tract, as well as nervous system disorders.
Reported Health Benefits:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pom pom mushrooms are used for the following:
* Ailments of the stomach and digestive tract
* Improving and protecting liver functions and immunity
* Restoring the body's natural strength
* Refreshes the breath
* Reduces cholesterol
* Relieves gastric and duodenal ulcers and gastric infections
* Inhibits cancers and tumors
* Nerve tonic
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