Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)
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"He could not imagine any greater joy than to go away into the woods for months on end, to break off this Chaga, crumble it, boil it up on a campfire, drink it and get well like an animal. To walk through the forest for months, to know no other care than to get better! Just as a dog goes to search for some mysterious grass that will save him...”
From "Cancer Ward" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
ALSO KNOWN AS: cinder conk, black mass, birch canker
PLANT FAMILY: Hymenochaetaceae (a fungi family)
PART(S) USED: Whole plant
OVERVIEW: Chaga is a delicious beverage similar in flavor to coffee.
TRADITIONAL USES: Chaga, has been used as a folk remedy in European countries for centuries. It is thought to be a powerful adaptogen (aids in stress reduction and energy conservation) and antioxidant and is said to lower blood pressure and blood sugar. It is also thought to be an anti-viral, and has been used to treat inflammation, psoriasis, as well as stomach and intestinal ailments.
PREPARATION: Put water in a clean pot and add Chaga. Cook on low to medium heat. Brew for 3-5 hours. Strain.
NOTE: Few clinical trials have been conducted to assess Chaga's safety and efficacy for disease prevention, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes.
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- There are no known contraindications, but some sources indicate that intravenous applications of glucose and penicillin may be antagonists to Chaga and should not be used in combination. Consult your health practitioner.
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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