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Useful properties, usage and contraindications of Siberian chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) Чага.

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Siberian Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus)
Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a curative mushroom most commonly found on birch trees. Different from other mushrooms, it grows its sclerotium or mycelium on the outside of the tree, instead of fruiting bodies. Chaga mushrooms really are most impressive for their antioxidant content. Siberian chaga mushrooms are low in calories, very high in fiber and free of fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Chaga is also known by other names, such as black mass, clinker polypore, birch canker polypore, cinder conk and the sterile conk trunk rot (of birch).

It is found growing wild in old forests throughout the colder regions of Northern Asia, Northern Europe and North America. Documented as early as 4600 years ago, ancient Asian folk medicine practitioners relied upon Chaga, a medicinal mushroom, to maintain a healthy life energy balance (“Chi”), preserve youth, promote longevity, and boost the body’s immune system. As a folk medicine, Chaga was ingested by the local people of the Siberian mountain regions in tea or powder form, inhaled from smoke, and applied to the skin. Indigenous people from that area have been documented to live beyond 100 years of age.

Siberian Chaga, Inonotus Obliquus, naturally found in the black birch forests of the Siberian mountain regions is the most potent of all the varieties of Chaga mushrooms. Chaga is a parasitic carpophore that causes a white heart rot to develop in the host tree. The chaga spores enter the tree through wounds, particularly poorly healed branch stubs. The white rot decay will spread throughout the heartwood of the host. During the infection cycle, penetration of the sapwood occurs only around the sterile exterior mycelium mass.The chaga fungus will continue to cause decay within the living tree for 10–80+ years. While the tree is alive, only sterile mycelial masses are produced (the black exterior conk). The sexual stage begins after the tree, or some portion of the tree, is killed by the infection. I. obliquus will begin to produce fertile fruiting bodies underneath the bark. These bodies begin as a whitish mass that turn to brown with time. Since the sexual stage occurs almost entirely under the bark, the fruiting body is rarely seen.These fruiting bodies produce basidiospores which will spread the infection to other vulnerable trees.The Chaga conk grows with the tree over a 5 to 7 year period, thriving in the harsh Siberian winter environment, absorbing life-sustaining nutrients from the black birch tree, until the conk flower fully ripens, falling to the forest floor, followed shortly by the death of the host tree, completing a 20 year micro-ecological cycle.

Russian culture has embraced the medicinal uses of Siberian Chaga, and its uses have spread westward to the Urals and Baltic regions of the European continent. Today, Chaga tea is commonly used in Russian cultures as a family cupboard remedy to support a healthy immune system and as a powerful antioxidant.
Siberian Chaga is a superior grade medicinal mushroom containing many phytonutrients, including:
Betulinic Acid 29, Betaglucans, Saponins, Polysaccharides, SOD, Antioxidants, Triterpenes, Inotodiols, Organic Minerals and Amino Acids.

Polysaccharides to enhance the immune system.

Triterpenes to help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol already in the normal range, improve digestion, detoxify the liver.

Germanium to help maintain healthy blood, maintain normal levels of blood pressure already in the normal range.

Siberian chaga also contains nucleosides, phytonutrients, minerals and amino acids such as Saponin, Iron, Magnesium, Chromium, Betaglucan, Inotodiol,and Isoprenoid.

Siberian Chaga contains an extraordinary amount of SOD (Super oxide dismutase) antioxidants that absorb free radicals and neutralize them before they can damage body tissue cells. Chaga contains 25-50 times more SOD antioxidants than other mushrooms.

Method of preparation and use: Soak 10 gm (2 dessert spoons) of chaga in water, grate, pour 0.5 liters of warm boiled water, leave for an hour at room temperature. Then strain, squeeze, bring the finished volume to 0.5 l. Take orally 0.5 glass 6 times a day or 1 glass 3 times a day. Shake well before use. The course of treatment is 3-5 months, with intervals of 7-10 days. For best results, please consult your physician. Individual needs may vary.

Contraindications: Individual intolerance to the components of dietary supplements and herbs. Allergic reactions are possible, with prolonged use, increased excitability may appear. If adverse reactions occur, the dose should be reduced or discontinued.
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