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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 3 weeks ago #23637

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So after having Christmas dinner I was talking with my cousin whom I sent some kratom too to help with his fatigue and aches from lymes disease. He brought up this wonderful fungis that thankfully grows quite a bit up here in the northern regions.
"Known as the "King of Medicinal Mushrooms," chaga is the second most antioxidant-rich food in the world aside from chocolate. Found on yellow and white birch trees in cold regions like Siberia, Alaska and northern Canada, chaga has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries."
www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-me...herbs/chaga-mushroom

There is allot of anecdotal testimonies and actual studies on this such as kratom and I also have come across an article that the DNR here in Minnesota are seeing more and more people coming and removing Chaga from trees. It takes Chaga 10 years to grow and goes on the market for $60 a raw kilo up to double that if ground. It has grown in popularity over the last decade like kratom from what I'm gathering and has many of the same benefits and a spectrum of others. www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/minneso...-harvest-health-cash

There has been one documented case and proof that although it may be great for the liver but like Kava can be bad for the kidneys if over consumed.
"Chaga mushrooms have been used in folk and botanical medicine as a remedy for cancer, gastritis, ulcers, and tuberculosis of the bones. A 72-year-old Japanese female had been diagnosed with liver cancer 1 year prior to presenting at our department. She underwent hepatectomy of the left lobe 3 months later. Chaga mushroom powder (4 - 5 teaspoons per day) had been ingested for the past 6 months for liver cancer. Renal function decreased and hemodialysis was initiated. Renal biopsy specimens showed diffuse tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis. Oxalate crystals were detected in the tubular lumina and urinary sediment and oxalate nephropathy was diagnosed. Chaga mushrooms contain extremely high oxalate concentrations. This is the first report of a case of oxalate nephropathy associated with ingestion of Chaga mushrooms." Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23149251


Here is a link to A FDA warning letter to a company that states some of the many medicinal claims. In which you can look at for yourself or google around. www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/War...etters/ucm430950.htm

Pubmed archived studies.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Inonotus+obliquus
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Spam filter wouldn't let me edit in this informational video so I'll throw it here.


Chaga facts
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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 3 weeks ago #23647

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Yay. I've actually harvested some Chaga and drink it. So good. I live in NH and we got a lot of Birch Trees up here. I boil dried chaga chunks for at least 6 hours and drink it like coffee. It's super healthy and delicious.
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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 3 weeks ago #23684

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Wumpmom wrote: Yay. I've actually harvested some Chaga and drink it. So good. I live in NH and we got a lot of Birch Trees up here. I boil dried chaga chunks for at least 6 hours and drink it like coffee. It's super healthy and delicious.

Pretty cool, From what I'm gathering this stuff may truly be the king of herbs. I have not tried it yet my self. Went out Christmas day in the afternoon for two hours behind my house and had no luck. No fun trudging through the snow at -10f with a -30 windchill. I wasn't expecting much luck because its more of a highlands but I feel a deep need to search as if its calling me lol. I'm positive I will find some by my dads in the lower marsh regions because when I seen it I remember checking it out when I was younger in the bush. I also want to avoid buying it online because it is more personal to experience the whole process myself. Also I wouldn't want to be supporting those who may be, "overharvesting" to make a buck and not thinking about the next generation that could benefit from it. Not to mention , why pay someone else when you can get it yourself. :-bd
A couple questions, any typical things you notice when you find it? landscape, close to ponds, marshes, lakes, streams, fields and so fourth?

How does it stack with kratom?
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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 3 weeks ago #23685

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So most of the times when I go chaga hunting I come back empty handed. But I've had the best luck on Birch trees that are close to water. It's hard to find Web pages with locations as to where people have found them because alot of people don't want to share that information. Definitely keep looking. They are out there. I refuse to buy any also. Good luck.

Btw, once you find and dry some chunks, you can definitely reuse them a couple times.
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It stacks just fine with kratom.. they really don't effect eachother in anyway.
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Thanks, yeah I can understand why people are tight lipped about locations. I have read that you can cover one square mile of birch forest and not find one but if you do, there are more near by. Gonna head out this sunday and make a day of it. Thanks again!
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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 2 weeks ago #23724

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Sounds like a fun plan for Sunday! Maybe you should include geocaching while out in the woods! Maybe you’ll bring home a trinket like a whistle at least?! Ha! Enjoy the hunt!
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Inonotus obliquus "Chaga" 6 months 2 weeks ago #23938

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Thanks for this info, cant wait to wake up more and reread, as my liver id going thanks to my hemocromotosis.
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Laurie wrote: Sounds like a fun plan for Sunday! Maybe you should include geocaching while out in the woods! Maybe you’ll bring home a trinket like a whistle at least?! Ha! Enjoy the hunt!


Lol I looked up what geocaching is, pretty neat idea. I didn't go out sunday, to darn cold and didn't feel like layering up. :blink:
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