Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that has strong immune enhancing properties, high levels of antioxidants, and exhibits anti-viral properties. It is an amazing health and longevity tonic full of phyto-nutrients that slow the aging process.
Chaga mushroom has been a component of Russian folk medicine since the 16th century. It was traditionally used to treat stomach and lung cancers and for other ailments including but not limited to gastritis, ulcers, colitis, and various other inflammatory conditions.
The Medicinal Powers of Wild Chaga with Dr. Cass Ingram author of ‘The Cure Is In The Forest’
The active ingredients in Chaga have been identified to be sterols, triterpenes, saponins, and polysaccharides. Of the triterpene group, inotodiol seems to be the most active. Another component found in Chaga is Betulin which is absorbs and concentrates from the birch trees that it is commonly found to grow on. Betulin can easily be converted to Betulinic acid which has been shown to possess a wide spectrum of biological activities.
Japanese research has also shown that Chaga demonstrates anti-viral activity and may be beneficial against HIV replication. Chaga mushroom has marked immuno-stimulatory activity and should be considered by anyone seeking super immunity and longevity.
Chaga is typically and historically ingested as a tea, but it also has been made into a tincture, and less commonly into powder that is then used as a tea; Encapsulation seems to be rare. There have been reports of it being the base for liqueurs and as a substitute for hops in beer. In Russia, it can be found as a syrup, a tablet, an aerosol, and even as a suppository. If you are using the ground Chaga for the purpose of making a tea, you can re-brew your material a second time without loss to flavor or potency.
To extract the most from Chaga, simmer in clean filtered or distilled water for at least 2 hours.
Chaga is predominantly found in Poland, Western Siberia, throughout North America and even in parts of Scotland. Even in the most prime Northern regions, Chaga conks are somewhat rare. Recent studies in China and Korea have shown that that Chaga is high in antioxidants such as betulinic acid, but the studies have yet been able to pinpoint why this is. It has been sold in Russia since the 1960’s as Befunigin, and is commonly found in many Russian households.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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