Medicine From The Forest – Extracting The Chaga Fungus

Medical mushrooms

Foraging Pittsburgh


If you don’t implement your own medicinal strategy, you’ll be prescribed someone else’s … and theirs most likely won’t be anywhere near as effective as a preventative plan chosen by you with intention and care.

The chaga fungus (Inonotus obliquus) constitutes a large portion of my medicinal strategy. Used for centuries in traditional Siberian medicine, it has been gaining a lot of popularity in the Western world. Scientific research repeatedly reveals that chaga possesses anti-tumor, anti-cancer, and immunomodulatory activities. Because of this, and because it grows in the birch forests of Pennsylvania, I have made wild-harvested chaga a medicinal staple.

This is a photograph of an alcoholic extraction of chaga, created on November 22nd and pulled 6 weeks later on the January full moon. Included in the extraction are fresh vanilla beans for enhanced flavor.

Remember, there’s more to health than the food we eat and the…

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