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, rumble 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. It seems like no other country in the world has such an abundance of birch trees as Russia. And Chaga fungus that grows on birch trees appears to be one of the most enigmatic health-supporting miracles of Russian nature. Due to the unique health-related properties of the wild Siberian chaga, it is gaining popularity in many countries and has been especially sought after by Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and American people.
Chaga mushroom has the very expressed distinctive features and usually looks like a black, cracked mass sitting on a stem of a birch tree. Unlike any other mushroom, Chaga is not growing on the bark of a tree but it is developing from the inside of a trunk outwards. It is very easy to distinguish Chaga from all the other multiple tree fungus. You may want to go through an article about it here.
In Russia chaga is also known under the names "black birch mushroom" or "birch lip" or "shulta". Its present name "Chaga" probably originated from the Old Slavonic word "Gaga" which means "a lip". The Siberians call chaga mushroom "a shulta".
The birch tree has always been considered as a symbol of Russia and was believed to be one of the most curative trees. In local folk medicine, every part of the birch tree (juice, leaves, buds, wood, bark, Chaga mushroom) is used for health-supporting purposes and health-related applications. Chaga and birch trees are strongly interlinked with each other.
Because of the natural symbiosis between a birch tree and Chaga fungus, the age of the tree plays an important role in chaga quality. Accumulation of the health-supportive properties in Chaga mushroom lasts for years. 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 have been accumulated in the chaga over time.
The best hosts for the chaga mushroom are Betula pendula and Betula pubescens. Sometimes Chaga mushroom can destroy its host. However, it mostly happens to the very old trees which become exhausted by the Chaga, especially if there are several Chaga mushrooms growing on the same tree. The picture on the right illustrates exactly such a case.
HEALTH supporting propereties belong to wild chaga.
All the artificially grown so called "Chaga" is nothing but useless junk comparing to the wildcrafted natural mushrooms. The cultivated Chaga can be rightfully called "fake chaga" because it has a totally different chemical composition and other properties. Moreover, it doesn't possess any chromogenic complex compound found in the wild-grown species. Whereas this cromogenic complex of Chaga acids and melanins is the key factor for health benefits attributed to Chaga mushroom. Below pictures will help you to distinguish wildcrafted chaga mushroom from the cultivated one.
Wild Chaga mushroom usually consists of three parts: the black outermost layer called "sclerotium", the second part called "fruiting body" and the third one without a name which appears as a porous and soft part of Chaga.
More than 80% of total biologically active substances of Chaga are concentrated in sclerotium and fruiting body. The artificially grown Chaga doesn't have any "fruiting body" part and its sclerotium layer is extremely thin. Such a Chaga mushroom conk is comprised mostly of that yellowish, useless layer, which is worth keeping in mind when checking the quality.
CROSS-SECTION OF CHAGA mushroom.
The three layers of wild Chaga are clearly visible. The sclerotium is the oldest layer and is considered a most beneficial for people. Whereas the light brown layer is "transitional", all juices and phytonutrients from a birch tree are being transported through this layer without leaving much traces and eventually land in the fruiting body and sclerotium parts. Phytonutrients, trace elements, Chaga acids, and other biologically active compounds accumulate themselves inside of these two layers during the whole life of the birch tree. Therefore an old Chaga mushroom is potentially more powerful than the young Chaga mushroom.
The Chaga shown at the right-hand picture perhaps has never been growing on a birch tree. Most probably it has been cultivated artificially on a mushroom farm by fermentation. Its sclerotium layer is very thin and there is no fruiting body to see - just yellow porous stuff.
One of the reasons why our premium quality Chaga extract is famous for its extraordinary high content of antioxidants is that we are removing the "useless layer" from every single chunk of Chaga before it goes to the manufacturing floor. The process of removal is done manually. As a result, our freeze-dried Chaga extract is almost black in color, because it's been made only from Chaga layers which are saturated with antioxidants and melanin. Below picture illustrates the Chaga mushroom chunk ready for production of Chaga extract.
raw chaga MUSHROOM and chaga extract.
These are two different products. Chaga extract powder is much more potent than raw Chaga (chaga tea). This is important to be aware of, if you want to get the maximum benefit from the chaga mushroom. Information about the difference between raw Chaga mushroom and Chaga extract powder is available here. To order our premium freeze-dried chaga extract powder please proceed to our chagastore.
it has an amazing God-given powers!