The chaga mushroom, or inonotus obliquus, is a medicinal mushroom that grows in northern Europe, Siberia, Asia and North America. It grows for seven years inside the bark of wounded or mature birch trees, and it expresses itself outside the bark in the form of a blossom that looks like burnt coal and feels like cork. Not very sexy, but what chaga can do for you is certainly attractive. Chaga mushroom can be used as a remedy for chronic inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, stomach illnesses and improving the immune system.
The chaga mushroom is a polypore, which puts it in a category of mushrooms that are mostly edible and always non-poisonous. Chaga is wild-crated and not cultivated which means you will only find the actual mushroom in a forest area. It is important to know your mushrooms when picking them because some mushrooms are not safe or legal to eat. Chaga is both. It is available in the form of capsules, as an extract and in cut, dried pieces at health food stores and natural marts. The extracts and capsules are usually added into a beverage and the cut, dried pieces are brewed to make a tea.
Brewed into a tea, it can be sipped three times a day for ailments such as chronic inflammation. Continue reading