In tonic herbalism, foods that are black have very high jing, which means they’re actually able to influence your life span.
This mushroom can be boiled down into a tea, otherwise called a concoction. The liquid it produces tastes like vanilla, and it can be used as a base for all of your drinks. It’s antimicrobial, meaning it’s antibacterial and antifungal, it’s anti-Candida, and antiviral.
As a food they specifically modulate the immune system. We could eat protein for our muscles, green leafy vegetables for our lungs, chocolate for our heart, but this is food for our immunity. This is really the future, where we’re going and the destiny of nutrition.
We’re going to realize that we want to feed our non-local immune system. Our immune system doesn’t really have a location like our lungs or heart has, or kidneys have.
It’s everywhere, and when we feed our immune system I believe we become more capable of not only detoxing the body, about 50% of detoxification is carried out by the white blood cells of your immune system, but you also become capable of dealing with immunological crises you see today, the most advanced form of that being cancer.
There are very few tonic herbs, or super herbs that you can consume daily that continue to balance (dual-directional), and chaga is one of them. This is unlike garlic or oregano, which are not medicinal foods in the sense you can’t eat them every day or else they’d throw you out of balance.
It was apparently put together in China over 2,000 years ago amongst the top 365 herbs known at that time in that part of the world. Just as we’ve heard that maybe chaga has great moral legend in Siberia, it also has great moral legend in China.
Chaga and Reishi: The King and Queen
There have been tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of studies on reishi mushroom. Chaga mushroom hasn’t had that much research, but chaga is considered equal if not more powerful than reishi mushroom.
Where It’s Harvested From
What I love about it is it’s the scar of a living tree, specifically the birch tree, and birch is this super medicinal plant of the northern temperate climates of the earth. It’s a plant where you can eat the leaves and make medicine out of the bark. Everything about that tree helps to nourish the ecosystem.
Birch actually fixates nitrogen and develops nutrition for the forest. About 1 out of every few thousand birch you’ll find a chaga, black in color. This hints at two things, one of which was already mentioned- that jing energy. Generally this is is seen in science as being a food high in zinc (black-colored food). It is one of the foods highest in zinc, and is the highest of anything in three alkaline minerals, therefore making it the most alkaline food ever (according to the strict theory of what is alkaline).
Chaga is the highest of any food source found in potassium, rubidium and (non-radioactive) cesium. The power of chaga goes beyond just the mineral content; it’s the highest natural source of melanin of any plant or herb in the world. Melanin is the pigment in your skin that has to do with your eyesight. It’s the number one nutrient for your pineal gland.
Source of Beta Glucans
Chaga is extraordinarily rich in 27 different types of beta glucans. The mechanism of beta glucans is known in how it exactly feeds the immune system, and what happens is it’s something that builds up over time. There’s this idea with jing and chi, these treasures that are built up in tonic herbalism, of gaining a momentum with herbs. We’ve never really heard that in the West, except when you’re sick you should take an herb. This is a concept that’s been taught for 5,000 years in the Shaolin Monastery.
The beta glucans essentially come in and feed the white blood cells directly. They produce normal weaponry. It also heads down to the bone marrow stimulating the production of more white blood cells in the stem cells of the bone marrow.
The next day you have more chaga or other medicinal mushrooms that contain beta glucans and they produce more weapons, sending a message down to the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells, and it builds up a momentum.
For auto-immunity, like an allergy or asthma, it’s anti-allergy, or hypo-allergenic (just like reishi). That’s a very rare trait amongst herbs in the world. There are probably only 60 herbs with that dual-directional trait. That’s why they call them super herbs.
Loaded with Antioxidants
Chaga has the highest ORAC value of almost anything ever seen, in other words, it has the most antioxidants of almost any plant substance ever found, only second to cacao. It’s about two thirds of what cacao contains. It is probably the highest of anything in superoxide dismutase antioxidants.
Like all medicinal mushrooms, chaga is extraordinarily rich in vitamin D, especially if it’s dry outside in the sun.
They’re probably the most powerful thing in all of the forest in terms of botanical substances. It was first isolated in birch trees, and that substance is called betulin.
It has very powerful anti-mutagenic action. Out of several thousand botanical substances researched, it’s number one as an anti-mutagen. Here we have birch, and the bark of the tree is concentrating an anti-mutagen, but chaga concentrates it even more.
There’s a whole story in mushroom lore that mushrooms help to suck up mutagens in the environment in order to protect the environment from those mutagens. For example, mushrooms will suck up radioactive fallout so that the DNA of the surrounding plants and animals is not affected. If you have enough Chaga in your system, you will absorb very little if any radioactive cesium that comes over here from Hiroshima.