Amadou (Fomes fomentarius) has traditionally seen use as tinder for fire starting, but is also used to make clothing and other items. It also has medicinal and other uses. Despite beginning as a parasite, the species is able to survive for a time (hastening decomposition) on fallen or felled trees as a saprotrophic feeder, and typically lives there for years, until the log is completely destroyed.
Amadou has shown to have strong anti cancer properties. When the dried fruit body is ground it can be steeped into a tea or made into a tincture or liquor.