CHAGA, the Gift from Heaven, The King Of Mushrooms
Perhaps the most important ingredient in our new Intention Tea, Enchanted Mushroom Elixir is Chaga mushroom. Relatively “new” to the western world, Chaga, Inontus obliguus, known as cinder conk, is a parasitic fungus that grows as a black volcanic or charcoal looking mass, on birch trees. Growing in northern regions on birch trees, sometimes for as long as 30 years, it has information and wisdom of the ages contained within it. You may have actually seen it if you are out in the woods. Although it grows on other trees, it appears to have a synergistic relationship with birch. It contains betulin from the birch tree, a medically active compound being studied as a chemotherapeutic agent. In Siberia it is know as “the gift from heaven”, the King of Mushrooms, an age defying secret of shamans and healers for centuries. Our wise ones were able to tap into deep truths about the workings of Nature. They were able to engage natural healing substances in alchemical ways. This knowing, almost lost today, is reemerging, thanks to a dedicated few who have turned back to Nature and are passionately retrieving this vital information. We are fortunate to live in a time when we are reawakening to the many traditional folk uses of Chaga and other amazing natural substances. These are being confirmed by scientific research today. Paul Stamets expert in mushroom research, is one such person bringing back information and carrying out new research on the incredible value of mushrooms.
Chaga grows in many parts of the world and all over America, especially in old forests. It has a pleasant vanilla like taste. It can be taken long term, as a food and tea. Broken into chunks and simmered, it creates a pleasant tea. One that can be used several times without loosing its potency. It can even be added to coffee, creating a much healthier drink! Powdered, it can be added to smoothies, etc. as a super food. It is also in Herbal Energetic’s Immune Support People Boost. Both ways are recommended. You really can’t overdose on this one. It is considered a food.
Paul Stamets says it has the greatest antioxidant power of any plant ever found! It has the highest ORAC value, almost 60,000 units! (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of anything in the natural world, making it a longevity tonic of the highest order! It therefore has unmatched potential to reduce the effects of aging as well as strongly boost immunity. Being constantly exposed to free radicals from pollution and environmental toxins, antioxidants are of vital importance in our world. Antioxidants help reduce the workload of the immune system as well as the aging process. (This may be one and the same thing.) Chaga works to prevent cellular damage before it happens. It’s melanin compounds nourish the skin and hair as well.
Chaga is indicated for the most serious health problems as well as a preventative. It contains over 215 phytonutrients, and a full spectrum of immune stimulating phytochemicals, including 20% beta glucan, which has the ability to activate the immune system without over stimulating it. Its high proportion of complex polysaccharides (long chain sugars ie. beta-glucan) fit into the receptor sites on immune cells enhancing their activity. Betulin and betulinic acids contribute to its immune properties. Chaga also has an abundance of proteins, natural minerals, and anti cancer triterpenes. And it is one of the highest sources of Vitamin Bs on earth!
Considered an adaptogenic food, it is able to tonify and rebalance the whole system when taken on a regular basis! Recent clinical studies, have shown its ability to stimulate the body’s natural immune functions. It possesses anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti fungal, anti-Candida, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-tumor properties and is an immune system modulator! (Adjusting auto immune or immune deficiency, it rebalances the immune system). David Wolfe, natural and raw food expert, believes that Chaga is the most important anti-cancer herb in the world. Today clinical research substantiates ancient uses, adding details that are important in today’s technological world. Used as an anti-tumor remedy, it was approved in Russia as a cancer drug in 1955, successfully treating stomach, lung, breast, stomach and cervix cancers and also melanoma. In 1960 it was reported to successfully treat cancer in Australia. It has been used for centuries to treat cancers, tuberculosis and digestive problems. It has also shown promise in lowering blood sugar levels by reducing glucose uptake and is heart protective. Its melanin compounds nourish the skin and hair as well. It can also be used as a topical anti-infective.
With no known side effects, one wonders why everyone is not using this amazing mushroom on a regular basis! Our education about natural substances for health has been preempted by society’s strong focus on modern medicine and pharmaceutical drugs. It is time for us to become aware of the many natural opportunities of healing available to us. It is our right and responsibility to be proactive and take charge of our health. Health is a gift and Chaga is a superior example of how Nature is our ally. It is amazing how the very herbs and foods that we need in our compromised world are there when we really seek them, isn’t it? We can even think of it as a miracle!