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3,300 BC: Evidence from Otzi the Iceman shows that Chaga was used by people towards the end of the Stone Age.
3,000 BC: Legends tell of an amazing birch fungus found in Western Siberia that has been used for health concerns. Chaga is used by the Khanty and other Siberian peoples.
2696 BC: Medicinal Mushrooms are classified by the Shen Nung Pen Ts’ao Ching among the “Upper Class” herbs, as the “King of Herbs” and “Gifts from the Gods”
1000 BC: Chaga is used throughout Asia. In Traditional Chinese Culture, Chaga was used to balance the body’s life energy or Chi and enhance immunity.
15th Century AD: Use of Chaga and its health benefits are documented in Russian folklore.
1955: Chaga is approved for use by the Russian Medical Academy of Science for supporting healthy immune system.
1968: The Cancer Ward by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, is published, introducing Chaga to the West.
Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) – is a mushroom that typically grows on birch trees in colder climates.
Chaga has been consumed for centuries in the East, most typically as tea, where its health benefits are well established. More recently, chaga has been gaining popularity in the West, where its numerous health benefits are now being recognized by many health gurus. Technically, Chaga is a highly-concentrated black mass of mycelium that protrudes from birch trees infected with parasitic–but non-toxic–fungus Inonotus Obliquus. The dark, hard and cracked exterior, which often appears like burnt charcoal, is called the Sclerotium. The interior has a rusty yellow brown color.
Biological Response Modifier
Chaga helps boosts the immune system when necessary, but slows it down when it’s overactive. . Research has also shown that Chaga activates immune cells responsible for combating cancer initiation. Chaga has proven effective in supporting standard cancer approaches, such as chemotherapy, by compensating for the program’s negative side effects.
Chaga supports the integrity of blood vessels and provides soothing properties in times of irritation. This can be helpful for those suffering from pain, neuropathy, and even diabetes. Due to its immune-boosting properties, Chaga has long been used to support gastrointestinal health in Eastern culture. The betulinic acid found in Chaga is able to break down LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Chaga contains structural polysaccharides within its chitin walls, which provide energy, cardiovascular health, intestinal and liver health, and promote healthy blood sugar levels. Chaga sclerotium contains massive amounts of the natural black pigment known as melanin, which has high antioxidant levels due to the amount of polyphenols it contains. SODs are another important antioxidant present in Chaga. SOD refers to a group of enzymes called Super Oxide Dismutase. These enzymes play an important role in protecting our body against the destructive effects of uncontrolled oxidation and free radicals.
Since Chaga stops platelet aggregation and blood clots from forming, you should not take it in combination with blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and warfarin. This can increase the risk of bleeding .
Chaga can lower blood sugar levels. You should not take Chaga in combination with diabetes medicine because it may cause blood glucose levels to fall dangerously low.
People with autoimmune diseases should avoid using Chaga because it can cause the immune system to become more active.
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