The Chaga mushroom/conk is also known as tinder or clinker polypore because it has pores and is good fire starting tinder because it is woody. It doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all because it looks like burnt black charcoal and the inside is yellowish. It grows on rotting or wounded trees and has a symbiotic relationship with the trees. The mushrooms found on birch trees have the same constituents found in birch tree and have the same analgesic properties. Chaga was known by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming the masters of medicinal mushrooms in the East. The Siberian tribesmen who are also masters of medicinal mushrooms called it the “Gift from God,” and a gift it is! It is so healing and nutritious it is a super superfood! It is a top source of SOD superoxide dismutase which is an enzyme needed to protect all cells in the body. Also rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins chaga is an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to any stress. This amazing medicinal mushroom also addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and dissolves pain.
You can use dried Chaga mushroom in a tea or in a tincture. It is quite rare so wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source. I steep Chaga on warm setting in a ceramic crock pot.
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CHAGA MUSHROOM/CONK AKA CLINKER/TINDER MUSHROOM
Common Name Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom Latin Name Inonotus obliquus Family Hymenochaetaceae Parts Used Fungi/Mushroom Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Liver, Urinary, Heart Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to Immune, Nervous, Endocrine systems, Heart, Stomach, Digestive, Liver, Urinary system.Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure,Supportive treatment for cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies, hypertension, worms, liver digestive problems Properties Primary properties are underlined:Adaptogen, adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic, antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic, antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent, blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic, nervine, pancreatic, vasodilator,vulnerary Constituents Polysaccharides, tannins, phytonutrients, betaglucan, B complex, SOD(superoxide dismutase enzyme) triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, Phytosterols, betulin, betulinic acid, inotodiol,Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium Cautions Correct identification is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with hypoglycemia.