Herbal Renderings by JoAnn Sanchez, RH, AHG


This winter we could enjoy some brewed delight from cold climates of the northern hemisphere. Chaga is a fungus that grows on Birch trees that has both folklore relevance and scientific validation for its benefit to human health.

Based on its long history of use against cancers, Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) has been tested in the laboratory for anti-tumor activity. It is revered in Russian folklore for treating a variety of cancers, recommended by the Medical Academy of Science there for reduction in size of tumors and for pain associated with cancers. Chaga is meant to be used long term , one year , to be clinically successful. Malignant Cancer studies were with inoperable breast, lip cancer, parotid gland, pulmonary, stomach, skin, and rectal cancers. Recovery was attended with better sleep and appetite and feelings of improvement in human clinical studies of Chaga mushroom.

Chaga is currently also considered a Biological Response Modifier, generally used to balance immunity. Therefore cancer patients and persons looking to support healthy immune response, both, can redeem benefit from Chaga.

In addition Chaga has other applications of note. The tea has been used for gastrointestinal health with an affinity to the stomach for ache and disease.

Chaga tea is tasty. The fungus must be “decocted”, that is boiled gently, with a lengthy heating for its anti-tumor activity and it is suggested in general to use one part mushroom to 5 parts water for several minutes to hours of boiling (covered) to extract the important components within. A prescribed administration would include drinking three cups per day, ½ hour before meals, for 12 – 20 weeks with intervals of 7-10 days.

The pleasant aroma and taste of Chaga lends itself to a warm mug in hand throughout the day during our winter season.  We will brew some for you, stop by mid- December to taste.

Wellness wishes.

  • Terri Trueheart
    Posted at 21:56h, 15 January

    I have run out of all the Chaga that I brought from Connecticut and no longer have anyone to send it to me. Do you know how to source it from here? It is an essential for me and I am eager to find some. I am also not clear on the 7-10 day intervals, can you elaborate? Thank you. Terri

  • joAnna castigliego sanchez
    Posted at 08:13h, 05 February

    hi Terry,
    you may order or go get chaga from winter sun trading company in Flagstaff. they have an excellent source there.
    alternately, I would be happy to order you some through my business botanica if you like. my phone number is 6234657359.

    the seven to 10 day interval is an opportunity to let one’s body tell them where they stand after months of reaping the benefit
    from the gift of the plant, in this case, fungus.

    herbal blessings,