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    Would you, or any of your membership, know of a source for me for dried birch polypore?

    My people have used it medicinally for thousands of years, but I now live in place where it doesn't grow.  I used to get it from a fellow Shinaab in Canada, but he is apparently now out of the mushroom business, and I'm truly desperate.  If you know of anyone who harvests it in bulk for sale, I'd be indebted.

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    by Aji on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:35:27 AM PST

    •  The name you are looking for is 'Chaga' (4+ / 0-)
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      I've got a little article about it here

      If you do a web search on 'buy chaga' you'll get dozens of sources. I reccommend Fungi Perfecti, but they are just one of many;
      Huge Fungi Perfecti Sale - Buy Fungi Perfecti Chaga

      I would be very grateful if you would tell me a story or two that you learned from your people about Chaga; it's name, recommended usage, etc. There's all kinds of info on what the Chinese thought, but very little on what the Turtle Islanders thought and said about it.

      We are actively seeking participation form the local Pomo and other tribal peoples and I will be creating a section dedicated to their knowledge and stories when I've got enough info to so. It's really ironic that it so much easier to access TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) information than that of the people that have been here longer than anybody. I was talking to a Pomo fellow last night who will be putting me in touch with some elders here soon (I hope), and it would be very cool to share your stories with them. He told me "It's about time someone asked, we've been waiting".

      Thank you for you input. I hope you find what you're looking for. Fungi Perfecti is a great company and I'm sure you'll find their products to be of excellent quality.

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      by Old Lefty on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:40:22 AM PST

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      •  No, explicitly not "chaga." (3+ / 0-)
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        There is a very specific one that we use.  It is birch polypore (Latin: Piptoporus betulinus), and it is distinctly NOT chaga, which I have had and used, but for our purposes does not do what birch polypore does in terms of healing.  Like, at all.  Despite the fact that it grows on birch trees, among other places, chaga is a wholly different kind of polypore - looks different, smells different, acts differently in medicinal terms.  

        It's the white birch polypore, specifically, that I need.  And if someone has it, I will buy in bulk.  But it cannot be chaga or any substitute.  It is the world's best topical wound treatment.  Wound caught early enough and treatment used properly, virtually no scarring.  I'm talking 6"X6"X3" deep wire cuts in a dog's shoulder crease (where not only was there no scar, but the fur grew back over it, in a healthier shade of brown).  I'm talking a 4"X4" infected torn skin flap (from hospital malpractice with an IV) in a 92-year-old's hand.  I'm talking my own index finger, cut literally to the bone (it did not wholly repair the nerve, but that's relatively minor under the circumstances).  Also reduces swelling and bruising, and is being used in Europe in cancer trials for its anti-inflammatory properties.  We have an older dog whose body has been riddled with tumors from pyrethrin toxicity for nearly two years - and this is the thing that has kept her alive.  But I'm down to nothing, so as I said, I am desperate.  So if someone there has it and can sell it to me, great - but I have to emphasize, it cannot be chaga, nor any other substitute.  It has to be the white birch polypore, and no other.

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        by Aji on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:19:06 PM PST

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        •  I stand corrected, and here's a link (2+ / 0-)
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          White Birch Polypore on Amazon nignoring the Conch shells of the same name there are several listings for both whole and ground products.

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          by Old Lefty on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:09:56 PM PST

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        •  That is really fascinating info (2+ / 0-)
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          I hope one of the Amazon suppliers will work out. Please let me know. Would you permit me to write this conversation up on my site with attribution? This is EXACTLY the kind of info that I've been focused on recently; first person and with examples of treatment from a First People's source.

          I know that all healing practices carry a spiritual freight and I do not want to infringe on any boundaries of that sort, but I would be very interested to know more; traditional name, who you learned this from and any back story such as it's relationship to The People and natural cycles.

          There are a number of veterinary preparations of mushroom extracts meant to generally enhance immune response that you might consider in addition to the betulinus.

          From the Dog Cancer Survival Guide

          “Certain kinds of mushrooms have immune boosting and anti-cancer effects. Some examples of these mushrooms include Shitake (yes, the same one we eat in Chinese restaurants), Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Coriolus, Agaricus and Cordyceps. The good folks over at Aloha Medicinals have known about this forever. I spoke with Dr. John Holliday who spearheads their research a while back to get the lowdown on this very interesting area. Subsequently, I began using their products on my patients.

          And I found they work. They extend life, slow progression, and keep life quality high in dog cancer patients beyond traditional care expectations.

          They do this in three main ways. First, they are immune enhancing. Second, they stimulate the immune system. Lastly, they help with the toxic side effects of chemo and radiation.”

          I hope this helps.

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          by Old Lefty on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:27:54 PM PST

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