The Science and History of Inonotus Obliquus—Chaga

I certainly can’t say enough about the power of this odd medicinal mushroom. I was diagnosed with arthritis in both my knees several years ago, after having surgeries. they told me I had bone on bone spurs and could feel every bit of that. When I discovered Chaga nine years ago I was hooked and have been drinking it and taking the tincture everyday since. I truly believe it has helped tremendously to keep swelling at bay and relieve pain in my knees, not to mention I haven’t gotten sick from the common cold in those years since adding it to my daily routine!

I have done endless research over the years on Chaga and found a lot. Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine recognized Chaga as the “king of herbs”. In the East, especially places like Eastern Eurpoe and China, Chaga has been used in traditional and folk medicine for centuries. It is also used in main stream medicine in places like Japan and those mentioned above. The Khanty people of Siberia were perhaps some of the first people to use Chaga, making disinfecting soaps, teas and using it for fire. In the ’50’s Russia began studies with Chaga and later recognized it as a cancer treatment. Nobel prize winner, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, wrote a book in 1966 called “Cancer Ward”, in which he claims his mouth cancer was cured by Chaga. It was even discovered in a small pouch carried by an iceman, (Otzi), found in the alps in the ’90’s, believed that he used it for immunity and digestion in the harsh climate, as well as a fire starter. It is refereed to as the ‘King Of Medicinal Mushrooms’ and ‘Diamond of the Forest’ for great reason.

Here’s a list of wonderful benefits:

  • Immune system super booster and regulator
  • Highly Anti-Inflammatory, helps joint arthritis and gut inflammation
  • Highest of any food in Anti-Oxidants
  • Helps relieve stress by balancing free radicals in the body
  • High in Beta D Glucans, which help produce more white blood cells as well as new skin cells.
  • Contains Betulinic Acid which may reduce the size of cancerous tumors and kill cancer cells
  • Protects DNA from aging damage
  • Provides natural energy, containing Polysaccharides and many vitamins including B-complex and vitamin D
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Protects the skin against sun damage, age spots
  • Contains high levels of Melanin, (the black outer surface of Chaga), to enhance skin and eye color
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Contains Zinc, Fiber, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium and Iron
  • Those are just some!!

The way Chaga grows is a bit of a mystery. Here is a chart of how it infects a tree:

Chaga, in our region, is found in high elevations, anywhere from 3,500 ft and up and only grows medicinally on Birch trees. Chaga is parasitic on the tree, eventually killing the tree. Chaga enters through a wound and penetrates straight to the heart wood. If harvested correctly, Chaga will regrow several times until the trees death. They say the cure looks like the disease and I believe that’s the case with Chaga, acting like a tumor on the tree and helping to kill tumors in people. Chaga is very mysterious and unique and perhaps that’s why I’m so drawn to it.

I study Chaga quite a bit and I am always looking for more explanations and information where ever I can. I found many great articles that explain Chaga from scientific and health points of view. Check them out if your interested in knowing more! Follow the links below…

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