Excerpt from Dr. Cass Ingram’s The Cure is in the Forest – Chapter 3
Wild Nature: Proving Ground
There are no powers comparable to the powers of wild nature.
In the wild there is a great deal of strain on plants. This stress
forces them to produce great medicines. The greater the degree
of stress the more powerful are the medicines which are
created. Then, such medicines can be harvested for human use.
It is strictly wild plants that have sufficient medicinal powers
to act as cures. Farm-raised plants have far less curative
properties. This includes even organic plants, which, while
healthy, are not nearly as potent as wild ones. In the wild plants
are challenged by every conceivable stress, including the
extremes of weather, elevation, harsh surroundings, pathogens,
and insects. Thus, such plants produce a plethora of biological
compounds in their defense. When humans ingest such wild
plants, they gain the benefit of these protective chemicals. This
is the basis of the cures mentioned in this book.
Harsh climate, powerful cures
To appreciate chaga mushroom’s medicinal powers a person
must understand the nature of birch trees and their growths.
These living entities survive among the harshest climactic
conditions on this earth. They have the power to survive
winters of the most extreme degree, with temperatures as low
as -70 degrees centigrade. Rather, the birch and poplar trees,
as well as their mushrooms, thrive in such conditions. Chaga
itself is produced primarily by trees existing in the 45th
parallel and above. In other words, it is a cold-stress fungus.
So, what is in such living entities which allows for their
survival? It is the potent sterols which are largely responsible.
Just like wax protects the outer parts of a car from weatherrelated
damage so do the sterols protect the northerly trees
from the extremes they endure. Without these waxes the trees
Human beings can take advantage of this. The chaga
and tree bark extracts are top sources of these waxes in the
form of biologically active sterols such as inotodiol,
betulin, and betulinic acid. Again, the active ingredients are
used by the trees for survival as well as strength. Thus, for
a person suffering from poor stamina or exhaustion extracts
of birch bark and/or chaga mushroom are highly beneficial.
The same is true for those suffering from a failure to thrive
such as children who are not developing properly or people
with muscle wasting diseases. As well, those with weak
organs, particularly weak lungs, muscles, heart, and
kidneys, will benefit vastly. In all such cases the chaga and
bark extracts are the ideal nutritional supplements to
It must be reiterated: the physical strength of all cells is
dependent upon sterols/steroids. Yet, it is not merely the
structural needs of the cells and major organs which the
tree medicines rectify. Failure of function, which leads to
poor development, poor energy, and physical degeneration,
is essentially failure to cope. In particular, extracts of chaga
mushroom are crucial for reversing this, because this
mushroom increases the body’s ability to cope with the
various stresses it must endure. For instance, this endocrine
function, that is the function of the hormone system, is
responsible for the human’s ability to cope—and through
their rich content of sterols chaga, as well as birch bark,
As a nutritional source of sterols chaga and birch bark
reign supreme. Remember, chaga routinely endures weather
that would kill a human in a matter of days or, rather, hours.
So, it is no surprise that in virtually every way chaga
mushroom and birch bark extracts support the body’s stressresistance
capacity. Anyone can realize this by taking them.
Virtually immediately there will be an increase in strength,
energy, and stress tolerance. All these are signs that chaga
and birch bark extracts, rich in biologically active sterols,
rapidly cause the body to achieve balance. To reiterate, the
best sterol-rich tree supplements are emulsified extract of
white birch bark, emulsified extract of wild, raw chaga
mushroom, and chaga mushroom-birch bark tea. For optimal
results all three should be taken.
This can be supported by the intake of extract of poplar
buds. The buds of poplar offer medicinal properties
different from the birch bark medicines. This is because
these buds are rich in phenolic acids. The phenolic acids
are potent antiseptics. They are also exceedingly powerful
antiinflammatory agents. One of these phenolic acids is
the pain-relieving chemical salicin, the same active
ingredient in aspirin. For instance, for structural disorders,
pain syndromes, joint swellings, nerve injuries, brain
injuries, and diseases of inflammation the combination of
poplar bud extract with chaga mushroom emulsion is
powerful medicine. Another forest cure to use for such
syndromes is wild, raw multiple berries extract, as drops
under the tongue.