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

Short description of chaga.

Chaga mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) is a fungal parasite that grows on birch trees commonly in northern regions of Russia, Canada and USA. Chaga has a very distinctive featers 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 name of "Black birch mushroom" or "Birch lip". Its present name "Chaga" had probably originated from the Old Slavonic word "Gaga" which means "a lip". 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. Because chaga draws its nutrients out of a living birch tree rather than from the ground, the older is the tree the more nutrients chaga aquires from it and the more biologically active substances accumulate in chaga with the time.

The chaga mushroom is unique first of all by its chemical composition. Only wildgrown chaga mushroom has so called "Chromogenic complex" - a set of humic-like acids (chromogens) that makes chaga outstanding from other mushrooms. Also, thanks to this particular set of chromogens chaga is thought to be the most powerful source of antioxidants ever found in nature. In this connection, all other tree mushrooms or conks should not be called "chaga" and should not be reffered to chaga at all.

Any attempt to cultivate chaga artificially could never reproduce the healing properties of wildgrown chaga because of absence of the Chromogenic complex. Therefore for medicinal purposes is 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.

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 got rid of lip cancer thanks to chaga mushroom. 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 reports from our customers about quick decrease of the symptoms of gastritises and ulcer (pain, heartburn, constipation).

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! Anticancer properties of chaga have been attributed mostly to the 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

Chaga extract properties defined by Russian medicine

In Russia, chaga mushroom extract was approved as a supplementary mean for prevention and treatment of cancer by the Moscow Medical Academy of Science back in 1955. It has been defined that preparations from chaga can be applied as an active biogenic stimulators which increase host defences, stimulate central nervous and neurohumoral system (chaga increases activity of estrogens), improve metabolism including activation of metabolism in cerebral tissue, regulate activity of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, stimulate the homogeny (increase the level of leukocytes), poses antipyretic properties by internal and local application, strengthen cytostatic activity of antitumorigenic preparations, detains tumor growth, causes their gradual regression and slows down the development of metastases. Note, that chaga tea or home made decoctions are not suitable for treatment.

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.

Our chaga extract is of premium grade.

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

In Russian language there is an expression "Siberian health" implying that Siberians are the most healthy people in Russia and we believe that this true fact is attributable also to their all-round consumption of chaga.

Prevention is better than treatment, and we would highly recommend you to use our chaga extract in powder, which is far more potent and effective than raw chaga. More information about the difference between the two 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!