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Phellinus linteus (Japanese "meshimakobu", Chinese "song gen", Korean "sanghwang", English "mesima", American English "black hoof mushroom") is a mushroom. It is shaped like a hoof, has a bitter taste, and in the wild grows on mulberry trees. The stem color is dark brown to black.
In Asian traditional medicine, the mushroom is prepared as a tea. Extracts containing polysaccharide-protein complexes from P. linteus are promoted in Asia for potential anti-cancer activities, but there is insufficient evidence from clinical studies to indicate its use as a prescription drug to treat cancer or any disease. Its processed mycelium may be sold as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules, pills or powder. The extract may be used in alternative medicine as a topical medication to treat pemphigus, an autoimmune disease.