rusSIBERIAN 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 get 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 is appear to be one of the most enigmatic healing miracles of Russian nature. Due to unique properties of the fungus it is known all over the world and is much sought after by Western, Japanese, Korean businessmen and individuals.

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 the tree outwards. It is very easy to distinct chaga from any other tree fungus.

Chaga mushroom on a birch tree

In Russia chaga is known also under the names "Black birch mushroom" or "Birch lip". 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 believed to be the most curative tree of all other trees and is even considered as a symbol of Russia. In local folk medicine as well as in official medicine every part of a birch tree (juice, leaves, buds, wood, bark, chaga) is being used in applications against various diseases including diabetes and cancer. Chaga and birch tree are strongly interlinked. Therefore, the birch tree and its age plays a key role when one speaks of chaga healing properties. Chaga draws its nutrients out of a living birch tree rather than from the ground, thus the older is the tree the more nutrients chaga aquires from it and the more biologically active substances accumulate themselves in chaga as time goes by. The best hosts for chaga are Betula pendula and Betula pubescens.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF CHAGA

Chaga contains a wide range of biologically active substances. It has water soluble pigments in large amount (20%) which form a chromogenic polyphenolcarboxylic complex; pterins (pteridine derivatives) responsible for cytostatic effect of the fungus; polysaccharides (6-8%); agaricinic and humic chaga acids (up 60%); organic acids (oxalic acid, acetic acid, formic acid, vanillic, lilac); lipids (di- and triglycerides); steroid substances (sterols - ergosterol and tetracyclic triterpenes - lanosterol and inotodiol exhibiting antiblastic activity); lignin; fiber; free phenol; flavonoids; coumarin peutsedanin; cellulose; resins; traces of alkaloids of unknown structure; as well as other trace elements in the form of oxides such as copper, barium, zinc, iron, silicon, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and potassium content is 5-6 times higher than that of sodium. 

Healing chaga should be wildgrown.

Any attempt to cultivate chaga artificially could never reproduce the healing properties of wildgrown chaga. This is first of all because of absence of the chromogenic complex which only wildgrown chaga possesses.Therefore for medicinal purposes can be used only wildgrown chaga mushroom.

Preparations made from chaga mushroom can be used for enhancing of host defenses and health improvement of patients during their treatment against various acute and chronic infectious and non-infectious diseases, including cancer. In Russia, chaga products are often being applied to cancer patients as a combined therapy for correction of secondary immune-deficiency states. There are scientific observations conducted by Russian medical scientists proving that chaga is also very effective in treatment of diabetes of type II.

pharmacologic propertIES of chaga

Chaga has a tonic, antispasmodic, diuretic, analgesic, antimicrobial, reparative, tonic, laxative effect. It normalizes the activity of the gastrointestinal tract and intestinal microflora, helps scarring ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, reduces sweating (influence of agaricinic acid) regulates metabolic processes. Chaga also improves metabolism, including activation of the metabolism in brain tissue. Enhances the cytotoxic activity of anti-tumor drugs, retards the growth of tumors causing them to gradual regression and slows the development of metastases. This significantly improves the health of patients, restores and increases the overall tone. Chaga also restores the body's resistance and defense mechanisms to combat the growth of malignant cells. The infusion of fungus lowers arterial and venous pressure, reduces heart rate.

Healing properties of chaga mushroom

The purifying and healing properties of chaga have been known in Russia since 12th century. According to chronicles the Russian prince Vladimir Monomakh cured his lip cancer with chaga mushroom decoctions. Nowadays many people in Siberia still brew and drink Chaga mushroom tea instead of usual black tea or coffee. It has been noticed that in areas where people regularly drink chaga tea, the rate of cancerous diseases among local folk is much lower than in other regions. Stomach problems among local population are almost unheard of. Many people who drink chaga tea or chaga extract on regular basis usually look much younger for their true age and live very long, some over 100 years.

In terms of medical value chaga mushroom is a primary adaptogen, cancer fighter, immune system modulator, antitumor agent, liver cleaner, gastrointestinal tonifier, longevity tonic and genoprotective agent (DNA-shielding). Chaga is able to lower blood sugar very quickly: maximum decrease of serum glucose level can be observed in 1,5-3 hours after taking chaga extract and the blood sugar level drops for 15,8-29,9 %. Also, we have numerous positive responces from our customers about quick decrease of the symptoms of gastritis and ulcer (pain, heartburn, constipation) after they had started taking chaga.

Distinguishing feature of chaga mushroom

Chaga chunks in basketsThe most important feature of chaga mushroom that makes it outstanding from the rest of medicinal mushrooms is that it contains a complex of antioxidant pigments (chromogens) not found in any other mushrooms. This is the most significant feature of chaga mushroom distinguishing chaga from the rest of mushrooms! And anticancer properties of chaga have been attributed mostly to this chromogenic complex (complex of humic acids). Apart from that, Chaga also contains polysaccharids, polyphenols, alkalines, phytonutrients, beta-glucans, organic acids and many important minerals and microelements such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, chrom and many others. Chaga also posseses high level of melanin that protects DNA from sun radiation by activating a pineal gland.

According to the Russian Medical Academy, chaga:

  • Has a positive effect against various cancers and tumors.
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Is proven to positively affect various stomach diseases and ulcers
  • Actively stimulates immune system
  • Helps to reduce blood sugar and fight diabetes

 

Where do we harvest our chaga.

chaga mapHealing Siberian chaga mushroom grows only in limited areas. On the map, green color shows where chaga mushroom can be found in general. But yellow color shows where does most of the real Siberian healing chaga mushroom grows. We gather our chaga exactly in Northern Irkutsk region and Khakassia where in winter the temperature often drops as low as -50 degrees Celcius. These huge areas are very thinly populated and have no industries around. The lack of industries and harsh climate conditions make our chaga ecologocally clean and free of any contamination, providing outstanding potency.

In Russian language there is an expression "Siberian health" which implies that Siberians are the most healthy people in Russia. We believe that this fact can be attributable to their all-round consumption of chaga. Prevention is better than treatment.

raw chaga and chaga extract are different.

Chaga extract is much more potent than just raw chaga. This is important to know if one wants to get maximum benefit from chaga.

The combination of genuine wildgrown Siberian chaga mushroom, advanced equipment for sublimation (freeze-dry) and more than 20 years of manufacturing experience have made it possible for our company to create a very potent, effective and 100% natural chaga extract.

More information about the difference between raw chaga and chaga extract is available at this page. For ordering chaga extract please visit our chagashop.

We believe in the concept, that when a body is in energy balance, with a healthy immune system
(which chaga mushroom certainly provides) it has an amazing God-given powers!