Chaga, Latin Inonotus obliquus, is a medical sponge, which is an integral part of traditional Russian and Chinese medicine. The home of this mushroom is predominantly Siberia, but also northern areas of China.
It belongs to parasitic fungi, in the wild, it grows on tree trunks, through which it gradually grows. This cycle can last up to 10 years, during which her fruiting bodies grow up to 50 cm.
It is known that the positive effects of the fungus have been used over 3,500 years ago. Chaga was a popular remedy in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Russia. It served not only as a medicine, but also as an important part of shamanic rituals.
The fungus contains an unprecedented amount of antioxidants such as phenols and melanins, which slow down aging processes and protect the body from oxidative stress. It is also rich in polysaccharides, terpenes, steroids, proteins and amino acids.
Chaga is also full of vitamins – predominantly B, D and K, and building elements such as magnesium, sodium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron and more. Thanks to this unique composition it supports the immune system and harmonizes the body.
Chaga has been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory effects. It helps in the treatment of infectious and autoimmune diseases, therefore it is serving as prevention of cancer and as a supportive agent in its treatment.
Thanks to the presence of betulinic acid, Chaga helps to regenerate the gastric mucosa and harmonizes the functions of the digestive tract. It is thus a suitable means for the treatment of intestinal diseases. The melanin contained in the mushroom then assists in the treatment of skin problems.
Chaga is also known for its stimulating effects. It supports cognitive functions, improves memory and attention. It also serves as an effective adaptogen – it helps one to cope with demanding living conditions. It is therefore appropriate to use it in periods of mental and physical strain. With its high concentration of antioxidants, Chaga promotes vitality, slows down aging processes and helps detoxify the body.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
Chaga in the form of the extract is used in the amount of 0.5 g – 1g per dose. We recommend taking it once or twice a day. The extract has a slightly bitter taste, so it is suitable to dissolve it in cocoa, coffee, tea or another favorite drink. We recommend flavoring with milk or honey. The extract can also be mixed into dishes such as yogurt, porridge or smoothie.
Chaga can be combined with other medicinal fungi such as Reishi, Cordyceps or Lion’s Mane.