Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms

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Taking the counsel of Hippocrates—"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"—acclaimed author David Wolfe brings the wisdom of eating herbal medicine to today's health-conscious readers. His enthusiastic fan base, which includes celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and Angela Bassett, continues to blossom as more and more people realize the healing and immunity-boosting properties of raw and medicinal foods.

In Chaga, Wolfe presents the many virtues of medicinal ...

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Taking the counsel of Hippocrates—"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"—acclaimed author David Wolfe brings the wisdom of eating herbal medicine to today's health-conscious readers. His enthusiastic fan base, which includes celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and Angela Bassett, continues to blossom as more and more people realize the healing and immunity-boosting properties of raw and medicinal foods.

In Chaga, Wolfe presents the many virtues of medicinal mushrooms, which boost immunity, stave off allergies and asthma, help fight against cancer, and generally improve core vitality. But the star of the book is chaga—"the king of the mushrooms"—which holds the greatest storehouse of medicinal properties of any mushroom species.

In addition to exploring the extraordinary history, lore, scientific research, and future of this potent healing mushroom, Wolfe provides readers with recipes for teas, soups, fermentations, and tinctures—as well as tips on how to obtain quality chaga products. Other mushrooms are also discussed, such as the fabled queen of the medicinal mushrooms, reishi—which promotes a healthy immune system—and the cordyceps—which fights fatigue, improves endurance, increases lung capacity, and more.

The wealth of wisdom, research, recipes, and advice will enlighten and satisfy Wolfe's fans, as well as any reader curious about natural ways to improve health and promote healing.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"David Wolfe is a nutritionist's nutritionist. His knowledge in the fields of raw foods, superfoods, herbs, and chocolate are unsurpassed in the world."
—John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Nutrition author, expert, and orator David 'Avocado' Wolfe continues to be a shining example of Success in America. His knowledge of superfood nutrition will astonish you and give you just that perfect piece of health advice that you have been looking for."
—Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"David has inspired divine superfood creations beyond my wildest dreams—and more!"
—Roxanne Klein, world-renowned chef and founder, Roxanne's Fine Cuisine

Chaga features a range of tasty recipes using these healthful edible mushrooms, as well as a wealth of information about their history, their uses, how to properly prepare and store them, and their nourishing benefits.”
Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583944998
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 275,427
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wolfe

The author of best-selling raw food books such as The Sunfood Diet Success System and Eating for Beauty, as well as one of the world's leading authority on raw-food nutrition, David Wolfe conducts seventy to eighty health lectures and seminars each year in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific, and hosts at least five health, healing, and beauty retreats each year at various retreat centers around the world. Wolfe is the middle son of two medical doctors, and has an extensive educational background, which gives him a unique perspective in the health field. He holds degrees in mechanical and environmental engineering, and in political science. He has studied at many institutions, including Oxford University. He concluded his formal education by receiving a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of San Diego.

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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Superherbs xiii

David Wolfe's Top 25 Superherbs xv

Hail to the King! An Introduction to Chaga 1

Chaga's Unique Healing Powers 5

Chaga Safety 8

Denizen of an Enchanted Realm 9

Part I Facts and History of Use 13

Chaga in the Wild 14

Is Chaga an Extremophile? 19

The Birch Tree: A Most Excellent Host 20

Chaga: History, Literature, Legend 24

Secrets of the Iceman 26

Other Traditional and Practical Uses 27

Chaga's Literary Debut 31

More Polypore Lore, Geology Mythology, and Atmospheric Spores 33

Chaga's Nutrients 44

Antioxidants 44

Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Nutrients 46

Chaga's Health Benefits 48

Korean Experts on Chaga 50

Russian Experts on Chaga 51

The Anticancer Arsenal 51

Chemotherapy and Radiation Protection 53

Chaga vs. Cancer 55

Cancer-Fighting Diets 56

Prostate Cancer and Chaga 56

Traditional Anticancer Chaga Diet 56

Present-Day Anticancer Chaga Diet 57

Meanwhile, Back in the Cancer Ward 60 l Part II Preparing and Enjoying Chaga 63

Harvesting Your Own Wild Chaga 63

How to Store Wild Chaga 69

Chaga Products on the Market 71

Commonly Used Kitchen Equipment 74

Stove Choices 74

Blender 77

Mortar and Pestle 77

The Double-Boiler System 78

Types of Water and Mycelium 79

Mixing Chaga with Other Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms 80

Recipes 82

A Note about Sweeteners 82

Xylitol 83

Teas 84

Preparing Chaga Tea 84

Russian Chaga Tea 87

Chaga Superbowl Boil Tea 88

Maximizing Wild Chaga Tea Extractions 89

Nut and Seed Mylks 90

Alcohol Extracts 91

How to Make a Chaga Tincture 91

A Drop of Chaga for Every Year of Life 92

Oil Extracts 94

Chaga Oil Exfoliating Body Scrub 96

Chaga Beverages 97

Chaga Coffee 98

Fermenting Chaga 98

Summer Blueberry Chaga Surprise 99

Chaga Huang-Qi 100

Double Chaga, Double Reishi Espresso 101

Elegy to Bubbling Springs 102

Divine Chaga Chai 103

Quick Chocolate Chaga Charge-Up! 104

Superfood Superherbal 105

Superhero Chaga Activator 106

Chaga as Food 107

Chagalagadingdongs 108

Wild Chaga Cherry Torte 109

Chaga as a Broth 110

Berry Chaga Breakfast 111

Chaga Chips 111

The Maine Man Creamy Choco-Chaga Kefir 112

Poetic Interlude "Chaga, Philosopher-King" 113

Part III The Science on Chaga 121

Betulin, Betulinic Acid, and the Healing Properties of Birch 121

How Beta Glucans Help Us Heal 127

The Power of Beta Glucans 130

The Essential Role of Macrophages in the Immune System 132

The Antioxidative Power of Beta Glucans 135

Skin-Regenerative Effects of Beta Glucans and Chaga 136

Chaga's Melanin Content 137

Chaga vs. Cancer: Let the Science Talk 142

Wild Chaga: Nutrition and Medicine 154

Part IV Resources 155

Recommended Websites 155

Books 156

Scientific Articles 156

General 156

Antioxidant Properties 157

Antiviral Properties 157

Anticancer Properties 157

Antitumor Properties 159

Melanin Content 159

Chaga Products, Superherbs, and Superfoods 160

Sacred Chocolate 162

Peak Performance Archives: Enhance Your Health and Life 165

Notes 169

Index 185

About the Author 195

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation 199

Final Words 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Not worth the time of day!

    This book was not good. All the so called history, but nothing good on reading. The author sounded like he was smoking dope writing all this "tree hugger" stuff. Saying store the Chaga in a birch basket so it "feels at home with its mother"? Really?
    I found better reading in the newspaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Informative Book

    This book gives you a great deal of information on Chaga. Great reference book.

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