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  • Copyright: 2012-09-11
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Taking the counsel of Hippocratesand-"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"and-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 chagaand-"the king of the mushrooms"and-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 tincturesand-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, reishiand-which promotes a healthy immune systemand-and the cordycepsand-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.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Superherbsp. xiii
David Wolfe's Top 25 Superherbsp. xv
Hail to the King! An Introduction to Chagap. 1
Chaga's Unique Healing Powersp. 5
Chaga Safetyp. 8
Denizen of an Enchanted Realmp. 9
Facts and History of Usep. 13
Chaga in the Wildp. 14
Is Chaga an Extremophile?p. 19
The Birch Tree: A Most Excellent Hostp. 20
Chaga: History, Literature, Legendp. 24
Secrets of the Icemanp. 26
Other Traditional and Practical Usesp. 27
Chaga's Literary Debutp. 31
More Polypore Lore, Geology Mythology, and Atmospheric Sporesp. 33
Chaga's Nutrientsp. 44
Antioxidantsp. 44
Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Nutrientsp. 46
Chaga's Health Benefitsp. 48
Korean Experts on Chagap. 50
Russian Experts on Chagap. 51
The Anticancer Arsenalp. 51
Chemotherapy and Radiation Protectionp. 53
Chaga vs. Cancerp. 55
Cancer-Fighting Dietsp. 56
Prostate Cancer and Chagap. 56
Traditional Anticancer Chaga Dietp. 56
Present-Day Anticancer Chaga Dietp. 57
Meanwhile, Back in the Cancer Wardp. 60
Harvesting Your Own Wild Chagap. 63
How to Store Wild Chagap. 69
Chaga Products on the Marketp. 71
Commonly Used Kitchen Equipmentp. 74
Stove Choicesp. 74
Blenderp. 77
Mortar and Pestlep. 77
The Double-Boiler Systemp. 78
Types of Water and Myceliump. 79
Mixing Chaga with Other Herbs and Medicinal Mushroomsp. 80
Recipesp. 82
A Note about Sweetenersp. 82
Xylitolp. 83
Teasp. 84
Preparing Chaga Teap. 84
Russian Chaga Teap. 87
Chaga Superbowl Boil Teap. 88
Maximizing Wild Chaga Tea Extractionsp. 89
Nut and Seed Mylksp. 90
Alcohol Extractsp. 91
How to Make a Chaga Tincturep. 91
A Drop of Chaga for Every Year of Lifep. 92
Oil Extractsp. 94
Chaga Oil Exfoliating Body Scrubp. 96
Chaga Beveragesp. 97
Chaga Coffeep. 98
Fermenting Chagap. 98
Summer Blueberry Chaga Surprisep. 99
Chaga Huang-Qip. 100
Double Chaga, Double Reishi Espressop. 101
Elegy to Bubbling Springsp. 102
Divine Chaga Chaip. 103
Quick Chocolate Chaga Charge-Up!p. 104
Superfood Superherbalp. 105
Superhero Chaga Activatorp. 106
Chaga as Foodp. 107
Chagalagadingdongsp. 108
Wild Chaga Cherry Tortep. 109
Chaga as a Brothp. 110
Berry Chaga Breakfastp. 111
Chaga Chipsp. 111
The Maine Man Creamy Choco-Chaga Kefirp. 112
Poetic Interlude "Chaga, Philosopher-King"p. 113
The Science on Chagap. 121
Betulin, Betulinic Acid, and the Healing Properties of Birchp. 121
How Beta Glucans Help Us Healp. 127
The Power of Beta Glucansp. 130
The Essential Role of Macrophages in the Immune Systemp. 132
The Antioxidative Power of Beta Glucansp. 135
Skin-Regenerative Effects of Beta Glucans and Chagap. 136
Chaga's Melanin Contentp. 137
Chaga vs. Cancer: Let the Science Talkp. 142
Wild Chaga: Nutrition and Medicinep. 154
Resourcesp. 155
Recommended Websitesp. 155
Booksp. 156
Scientific Articlesp. 156
Generalp. 156
Antioxidant Propertiesp. 157
Antiviral Propertiesp. 157
Anticancer Propertiesp. 157
Antitumor Propertiesp. 159
Melanin Contentp. 159
Chaga Products, Superherbs, and Superfoodsp. 160
Sacred Chocolatep. 162
Peak Performance Archives: Enhance Your Health and Lifep. 165
Notesp. 169
Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 195
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundationp. 199
Final Wordsp. 203
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