Have you ever heard of Chaga? Up until a few months ago, neither had I. But, I now believe that Chaga is one of the most wonderful medicinals to be found … and, it’s natural … and it can be procured locally, right here in the Berkshires! It can actually be found in nature all throughout the world, but the brand that I have been using, is harvested right here in Massachusetts.
Chaga is a parasitic mushroom that grows on trees(most often the Birch tree), and has been used in other cultures for thousands of years as a medicinal. Known as ‘Gift of God’ in Siberia, Chaga has gained a well deserved reputation for healing. With attributes such as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory, as well as being rich in vitamins and nutrients, it is no wonder that people all over the world revere it.
I first learned of Chaga through the owner of Berkshire Grain. When we met, he described some of the many benefits of Chaga, and offered me a bag of Chaga chunks( which you use to brew Chaga tea). I have had a debilitating muscle/skin/nerve disease for several years, and have been given all sorts of advice, wonder cures, and different things to try, hoping to reduce my symptoms. I have tried almost every type of Western medicine, from anti-malarial drugs to chemotherapy drugs, have tried all sorts of Eastern medicines, teas, and tinctures. Many of them were gross tasting, many of the medicines had awful side effects, but none of them ever worked to relieve my symptoms. So, when I was first offered the bag of Chaga from Berkshire Grain, I graciously accepted, then promptly put it away in my cupboard.
Then last month, my pain was so unbearable, that I was desperately seeking anything that would help. I remembered the Chaga, and looked it up online. After reading of its wonders, I decided to give it a try. I brewed up some tea and faithfully began drinking it. Chaga tea is pleasant to drink, almost like water, or a weak iced tea. By the second day of drinking it, I noticed a slight difference in my ailments, and by the end of the first week, I felt a huge difference. Climbing stairs or raising my arms above my head had been a cumbersome(and often impossible) and painful chore. One week after drinking the Chaga, I could do these tasks with ease. Something modern medicine had never even come close to helping me do. It has now been over a month of me drinking the Chaga. I can honestly say that I believe stuff is a life saver. After being a prisoner in my own body for so long, I finally feel like I have a new start on life.
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