SIBERIAN CHAGA MUSHROOM (INONOTUS OBLIQUUS)
He could not imagine any greater joy than to go away into the woods for months on end, to break off this chaga, crumble it, boil it up on a campfire, drink it and feel well like an animal. To walk through the forest for months, to know no other care than to get better! Just as a dog goes to search for some mysterious grass that will save him.
From " The Cancer Ward"
By Alexander Solzenicyn
Chaga - the priceless gold of russia.
The endless birch groves, small birch groves on the banks of the numerous rivers and streams, delicate white and green spaces of ligature of birches... No country in the world has such an abundance of birch trees. And chaga fungus that grows on birch trunks appears to be one of the most enigmatic health supporting miracles of Russian nature. Due to unique properties of the fungus it is gaining popularity in many countries and is especially sought after by Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American people. Chaga mushroom has a very distinctive features and looks like a black cracked mass in appearance. Unlike any other tree fungus chaga is not actually sitting on the trunk but is growing from inside of a tree outwards. It is very easy to distinguish chaga from any other tree fungus.
In Russia chaga is known also under the names "black birch mushroom" or "birch lip" or "shulta". Its present name "Chaga" had probably originated from the Old Slavonic word "Gaga" which means "a lip". Siberians call chaga a "shulta". In Russia the birch tree is considered as a symbol of Russia and is believed to be one of most curative tree. In local folk medicine every part of a birch tree ( juice, leaves, buds, wood, bark, chaga mushroom) is being used in health-supporting applications. Chaga and a birch tree are strongly interlinked.
Because of natural symbiose between the birch tree and chaga fungus, the age of a tree plays an important role in chaga health supportive properties aquisition. Chaga mushroom draws its nutrients out of a living birch tree rather than from the ground, thus the older is the tree the more biologically active substances accumulate in chaga over time.
The best hosts for chaga mushroom are Betula pendula and Betula pubescens. Sometimes chaga mushroom can destroy the birch tree on which it grows. For the most part it happens though to the very old trees that become exhausted by chaga mushroom, especially if there are several chaga mushrooms sitting on one trunk. The above picture illustrates exactly this case.
HEALTH supporting CHAGA SHOULD BE WILDGROWN.
Any attempts to cultivate chaga artificially will never reproduce the health supportive properties of a wildgrown chaga. This is because all artificial chaga doesn't have any chromogenic complex content which occures only in wildgrown species. Below pictures will show you how to tell wild chaga from artificial chaga mushroom. Wild chaga consists of three parts: a black outer layer called sclerotium, second part called fruiting body and the third porous and soft, yellowish part. The latter largest part of chaga is useless! More than 80% of biologically active substances are concentrated in sclerotium and fruiting body. Artificial chaga doesn't have the fruiting body part and its sclerotium layer is extremely thin. Our chaga extract is made exclusively from the first and second layers of wild chaga mushroom.
CROSS SECTION OF CHAGA mushroom .
These three layers are clearly visible. The outer black layer is the oldest one and the most beneficial. The light brown layer is "transitional", all juices and useful elements from a birch tree go through it without leaving much traces and land eventually in fruiting body and sclerotium. Biologically active compounds accumulate themselves in these two layers within the whole life of a tree. This is why old chaga has more potency than the young one.
Chaga on the right picture presumably is not wild and has been grown by fermentation. Its sclerotium layer is very thin an there is no fruiting body - just yellow porous stuff.
In order to produce chaga extract of premium quality with highest possible concentration of antioxidans we have to manually remove the useless layer from every single chunk of chaga before it goes to manufacturing floor. As a result, our chaga extract is alomst black in color, because it's been made only from chaga layers that are reach in antioxidants and melanin. Below picture represents chaga chunk ready for extraction.
raw chaga and chaga extract are different.
Chaga extract is much more potent than raw chaga (chaga tea). This is important to know if one wants to get maximum benefit from chaga. Information about the difference between raw chaga and chaga extract is here . For ordering our freeze-dried chaga extract visit our chagastore.
it has an amazing God-given powers!