Chaga mushroom, another one of the foods that heal, is all about building immunity—something we all want in our lives. Chaga (not technically a mushroom but rather pre-mushroom growth) possesses immune-system-enhancing nutrients that revitalize white blood cell count by increasing the production of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils, so that your body can battle invaders such as toxins, viruses, and bacteria, as well as fungi such as yeast and mold. This incredible wild food for healing also strengthens red blood cells and bone marrow, balances blood platelets, and staves off cytokine storms, which are the result of the body overreacting to a pathogen or toxin. This type of reaction occurs because the immune system is racing to die out a fire. As when putting out a real fire, attending to the emergency can come at a cost; cytokine storms can result in blood vessels expanding (which can lead to hemorrhaging), hives, rashes, and fever. With chaga on your side, the body is much better equipped to deal with pathogens and toxins.
Chaga is one of the most medicinal tools and overall tonics of the century when it comes to foods that heal. The phytochemicals in chaga are wonderful for fighting cancer, regulating blood sugar, boosting the adrenals while regulating the rest of the endocrine system, breaking down and dissolving biofilm (that is, a jelly-like substance that’s a by-product of certain viruses and fungi; more on this in “Rose Hips”), and destroying unproductive fungus in the intestinal tract. Speaking of which, there’s a trending misconception that mushrooms and other edible fungi are bad for you, because people fear that ingesting fungus results in fungal overgrowth in the body. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Mushrooms are some of the best healing foods and fighters of unproductive fungus that we have.
Conditions Helped By Chaga Mushroom
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing chaga into your life to support a healing diet: Bladder cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, leukemia, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, autoimmune diseases and disorders, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), hypertension, fatty liver, pneumonia, psoriasis, eczema, Graves’ disease, immune system deficiencies, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, shingles, adrenal fatigue, mold exposure, migraines, anemia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), celiac disease, gum infections, rosacea, thrush, vaginal strep SYMPTOMS
Symptoms Helped By Chaga Mushroom
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing chaga into your life as part of a lifestyle that includes foods that heal: Inflammation, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, neck pain, back pain, headaches, head pain, pre-fatty liver, iron deficiency, joint pain, muscle fatigue, Bell’s palsy, sluggish liver, stagnant liver, fever, rashes, hives, fingernail and toenail fungus, body fungus, hypothyroid, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), jaw pain, body stiffness, bruising, dark under-eye circles, eye floaters, foot pain, joint inflammation , liver heat, hyperthyroid, swelling, fluid retention, neuralgia, poor circulation, sore throat
Emotional Support Properties of Chaga Mushroom
For those who feel like they’re missing out on something, who feel trapped in their life’s direction, emotionally stagnant and numb, and can’t make decisions—even when there’s only one decision to make and they don’t like the choice they’ve been handed—chaga is an invaluable food for healing. Bring it into your life when you need help envisioning what you want for the future, and how to make it happen.
Spiritual Lesson of Chaga Mushroom
Chaga lives in harmony with the trees it grows on. Once it takes up residence on a tree, this healing food grows very slowly so as not to disrupt its host. Chaga offers strength to its tree during times of storm and deep freeze, because it provides a living frequency of loyalty. Chaga possesses patience and intelligence of survival, knowing that if its host tree goes down, it does too. We can all learn about loyalty from this wild food. If you believe in someone or something, chaga teaches not to let go. To help our loved ones survive and thrive, we must do the same. When a situation warrants it, go all in and meditate on chaga’s nature to support you as part of your arsenal of foods that heal. Like the chaga-tree relationship, we must all stay strong for each other—and for the greater good.
(If you’ve heard that chaga has a reputation for harming its host tree, note that irresponsible harvesting of chaga—not the chaga itself—is what so often damages the tree, ultimately taking both down.)
Tips for Working With Chaga Mushroom
+ Look for chaga that’s been ground into a very fine powder. This is the best form for nutrient absorption. You can use chaga powder as a healing food in smoothies, or make a tea with it.
+ To make chaga mushroom tea, stir the powder into hot water until it dissolves.
+ For best results, add raw honey—this add-in will help drive the medicinal properties of the chaga deeper into hard-to-reach places, enhancing body system functions. Because raw honey is another one of the foods that heal, chaga-honey tea makes an excellent afternoon pick-me-up.
+ Respect chaga. Before consuming it, honor its loyalty and the stoic nature it upholds. This will enhance your body’s reception of its immune-enhancing phytochemicals.
Recipe: Chaga Tea Latte
Makes 2 cups
This warm and creamy variation of chaga tea is just the thing when you need both strength and comfort in a healing food.
As you enjoy it, think about all that it’s doing for your body as chaga helps you live to your full potential.
2 teaspoons chaga powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw honey
¹⁄8 to ¼ cup coconut milk
Boil 2 cups of water. Divide the chaga powder and cinnamon evenly between 2 tea cups; pour 1 cup of hot water into each.
Stir in the honey, using more if desired. Stir the coconut milk into each cup or use a frother to create coconut foam on top.