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Chaga

Description

Revered for centuries in folk medicine, chaga is considered one of the most protective mushrooms for the cells. Chaga can assist in balancing energy and supporting immunity - it's one of our daily go-to's for a mega-dose of antioxidants and to keep our bodies humming along. Chaga also helps to increase your body’s resilience and capacity to process and respond to stressors. As a major trigger in so many illnesses and symptoms today, chaga can assist in calming the mind and supporting the body’s stress response.

Chaga, otherwise known as Inonotus obliquus, is a medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees in temperate climates. It's actually not completely accurate to call it a mushroom - rather, it is the sclerotia of the mushroom that grows on the birch trees. The ability of this mushroom to predigest the nutrients contained in the birch tree allows it to deliver a potent medicine that serves so many benefits for us humans.

One of the most widely utilised and loved medicinal mushrooms globally, chaga is an absolute powerhouse of goodness. One of our key objectives here at SuperFeast is to empower the community to be health-sovereign so we encourage you to do your own deep dive into the vast amount of research available about this wonderful medicine. We do however want to explore some of our favourite benefits of chaga and why we love it so much. 

Ingredients

Inonotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom)

10:1 extract powder

Sourcing

All herbs in this formula are sourced Dì Dào from herb-producing regions of China.
Sourcing herbs from their spiritual homeland is born from the Taoist philosophy Dì Dào. 

Dì Dào poetically translates as ‘the way of the Earth’, and shows us where to harvest herbs if we wish to experience the herb’s true Spirit. From its ‘original place’ or ‘spiritual homeland’, a method that results in a product that is both full spectrum and medicinally robust.

Contraindications

  • No contraindications have been reported in the medical literature concerning the consumption of reishi mushroom. 
  • If you are on blood thinners or blood pressure medication, please check with your prescribing doctor if reishi is appropriate for you.

Serving Suggestion

Time of day

Whatever feels best for you! 

You can enjoy Chaga any time throughout your day.

Dosage

Generally, we recommend taking the herbs daily in small doses, to begin with. This allows you to develop an understanding and acknowledgment of how the herbs are unfolding their medicinal magic for you. Follow the dosage instructions on the package, or start with 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon per day, adjusting the dose if you feel it necessary within your unique body system.

Doses can be taken as high as two teaspoons per day, however, most people find their sweet spot with 1/2 to one teaspoon per product, per day. We call this sweet spot your "lifestyle dose". We don't recommend taking more than two tablespoons of herbs a day. These extracts are potent, and you want to take care not to overload the body with too much of a good thing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take Chaga whilst pregnant?

Tonic herbs are generally warming, building, and nourishing. In the context of health optimisation and the Taoist tradition, tonic herbs are not directly used to treat individual symptoms, but instead to create harmony and strength within the system as a whole.

In this regard, we generally only recommend our Reishi and Eucommia Bark during pregnancy as there is quite a lot of empirical use of these herbs in pregnancy in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Tonic Herbalism. 

To learn more about the tonic herbs best to take during pregnancy, read this article.

As pregnancy is a very individual journey, we recommend checking in with your healthcare provider when starting on any new herbs or supplements as they will have a more comprehensive scope of your medical history.

Can I take Chaga while breastfeeding?

Yes, you can use Chaga whilst breastfeeding. 

We always suggest introducing new herbs slowly and in low doses, this allows the body to adjust and benefits to unfold at a pace relevant to your individual system.