Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)
"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
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ENGLISH common NAME: Standard: Chaga Mushroom
Also known as; chaga, cinder conk, black mass, birch canker
LATIN NAME: Inonotus obliquus
Plant Family: Hymenochaetaceae (a fungi family)
PART(S) USED: All of it
OVERVIEW: Chaga, has been used as a folk remedy in European countries for centuries. It is thought to be a powerful adaptogen and antioxidant, has been credited with lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, having anti-viral and anti-tumour properties, and has been used in the treatment of inflammation, psoriasis, tuberculosis, HIV, stomach and intestinal ailments, and cancer. Few clinical trials have been conducted to assess Chaga's safety and efficacy for disease prevention or for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes. Chaga is a delicious beverage similar in flavor to coffee.
PREPARATION: Put water in a clean pot and add Chaga. Cook on low to medium heat. Brew for 3-5 hours. Strain.
STORAGE: Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: 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. Talk to your doctor before using if you are on any medication or if you suffer from diabetes. Use caution if you have allergies. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications.
Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. 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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