1/2- 1 tsp taken 1-3x daily . For use in teas, soups, smoothies, and more.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Chaga is famous for having anti-cancerous properties and helps to protect DNA from oxidative damage. Embraced by Eurasians for centuries and found throughout boreal forest, Chaga grows primarily on birch trees in colder northern climates. Chaga was a valuable asset in the pharmacopoeia of premodern peoples as a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and immunopotentiator, and as a practical fire-starter mushroom. It contains inositol, a B vitamin, along with a host of other medicinal elements.
It’s been studied for it’s anticancer properties in Japan and Russia and yet has only recently come to be more widely known in the West. It has even been used by arborists to heal trees affected with blight.
Research from Japan (Ohtomo 2001) shows that this mushroom, like many polypores, has strong immunomodulatory activities, regulating cytokine and interlenkin response pathways, and stimulating macrophage and natural killer cell production.
As Stamets, a world-renowned mushroom researcher, details in Mycelium Running (2005) that as early as 1955, Russians were employing Chaga to fight cancer (via the drug/extract bifungin)
In 2001 researchers found that Chaga inhibited the growth of cancerous tumors in mice . (1)
A 2009 study (2) found that triterpenes, a compound found in Chaga, cause tumor cells to self-destruct. (aka apoptosis) Unlike other cancer treatments, however, Chaga does not appear to harm healthy cells.
Ryzmowska (1998) found that the water extract of Chaga inhibited the growth of cervical cancer cells in vitro.
Kahlos and others (1996) noted that crude fractions from this mushroom showed antiviral activity against HIV and influenza.