INONOTUS OBLIQUUS: commonly known as the Chaga mushroom. To the Siberians it’s known as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality.” The Japanese call it “The Diamond of the Forest,” while the Chinese deem it “King of Plants.”
This vibrant growth has been used by humans to support health for thousands of years, growing in Birch forests of Russia, Korea, eastern and northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, in the North Carolina Mountains and in Canada. Mostly black in color due to the presence of massive amounts of melanin, Chaga is not soft like other mushrooms; it is hard—almost as hard as wood—and the most nutritionally dense of all tree growths.
The mushroom concentrates natural compounds for its protection from the elements and draws its life force from the Birch tree. Many trees usually outlive humans on the planet (the Birch can live up to 200 years), and the Chaga mushroom acts as a parasite and draws living nutrients and life energy from its host. Subsequently, Chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, (this vitamin is needed by the adrenal glands as well as digestive organs). It also contains riboflavin and niacin in significant amounts. Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. It also contains a potent substance known as superoxide dismutase (SOD). This is an enzyme whose function is to halt oxidation, especially the toxicity of a free radical known as singlet oxygen. This is the type of oxygen, which is responsible for oxidizing and damaging the tissues, which results in aging.
Melanin, the abundant phytochemical found in Chaga, is so much more than pigment. On an energetic level Melanin’s chemical structure allows no energy to escape. It’s the perfect absorber of light and all energy frequencies. Melanin is abundantly present in the inception of life. There is a melanin sheath covering both sperm and egg and it’s found in almost every organ of the body. Melanin counteracts stress, viruses and bacteria, improves the quality of sleep and regulates biological rhythms. It may even help protect against cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also the instigator of tissue repair, regeneration and infectious disease fighter. Its ability to undergo many chemical reactions at once is what scientists call ‘oxidation-education reactions’.
For centuries, Shamans and healers have written about the symbiotic relationship Melanin has with the pineal gland, located within the precise geometric center of the brain. The pineal gland is occasionally associated with the third chakra (also called Ajna or the third eye chakra in yoga), and although larger in children, it reduces in size to that of a pea as it undergoes a gradual calcification process as we age. The optimum size of the pineal gland, when fully engorged and activated, is that of a grape. It is believed by some to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enable “telepathic” communication. Philosophers and spiritual adepts have long contemplated the true function of this mysterious gland. The Ancient Greeks believed the pineal gland to be our connection to the Realms of Thought.
This gland is activated by light, and it controls the various biorhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland, which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our ageing process.
The pineal gland is also responsible for secreting two extremely vital brain fluids related to our mental health. Those are, melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep, and serotonin, which is the chemical that helps to maintain a happy, healthy balanced mental state of mind, among other functions. The pineal gland also secretes melanin during times of relaxation and visualization. As we are created by electromagnetic energy and react to EM energy stimuli around us, so does the pineal gland.
Melanin/melatonin supplements are now a huge industry, with claims that the chemicals can improve sleep, help those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), reduces headaches, strengthen the immune system, and slow down ageing. On a philosophical plane, melanin is a chemical/biological door.
It’s no wonder the Ancient Egyptians, Japanese, Chinese and Russians had an exalted regard for the healing properties, both physically and spiritually of the Chaga mushroom. Today the mushroom is found in many health food stores around the world and in the US. There are many ways to take Chaga; as a powder form in a capsule, or in tea or a smoothie. The effects are more noticeable if you have a clean diet and don’t take to many stimulants. Even if you do, you will notice a slight calming, grounding and a de-stressing energy in your corporeal body. Metaphysically your dreams may be more vibrant and memorable, and your relationships may become more harmonious.
As seen in Issue No.4