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Does anyone know anything about the medicinal qualities of the common Birch Polypore? I've checked it out on the Web, and found that the Tyrolean Iceman was discovered with a piece of a piptoporus in some kind of medicianl kit. I've read that it is styptic and an astringent. Does anyone have any other information? I've found only this link so far. I am a serious student of Mycology, particularly intereted in the medicinal qualities of our fungal friends. any help would be appreciated
Have found this link where it says that Piptoporus betulinus produces a antibiotic called Piptamine.
Also the summary in this link might be interesting:
Quote: The cytotoxic activity of ether extract from fruiting bodies of P. betulinus was studied. The tested substance at concentration of mg/ml significantly decreased viability of various human tumor cell lines (thyroid carcinoma, neuroblastoma, breast carcinoma, larynx carcinoma and cervix carcinoma) in time- and dose-dependent fashion. Cell cycle analysis revealed that antitumor activity was a result of blockade of cell cycle S-phase.