Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Immune Power!

Over the holidays, my entire family caught a cold. Except me!

I have chaga and astragalus to thank for my immune strength. I drink it daily from October to March!

Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees, so it can be locally sourced in Ontario. Chaga is high in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties. It is also rich in beta-glucans which help modulate the body’s immune response.

Astragalus is an herb used in Chinese medicine and is shown to boost the immune system and increases the immune cell activity.

It’s an inexpensive and powerful ally in keeping you healthy. It’s also very simple to make!

Chaga and Astragalus Tea

  • Servings: serves 2-3
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2-3 Tbsp dried, coarsely ground Chaga (Giddy Yo-Yo uses 100% Canadian sources)
10-15 strips of astragalus (I get mine from Judy’s Organic Herbs)
2.5L of water


  1. Put dried herbs into a pot and add water.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour.
  3. Strain the herbs and store them in the fridge.
  4. Enjoy 1-2 cups per day. I prefer this mix diluted with hot water to make a warm beverage. Experiment and see how you like it best!

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