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NAMMEX Newsletter: Winter 2001
The periodical newsletter of North American Reishi · PO Box 1780, Gibsons, BC, Canada, V0N 1V0
Tel: (604) 886-7799 · Fax: (604) 886-9626 · Email: info@nammex.com

Chaga - Inonotus obliquus

Chaga is a mushroom that commonly grows in northern regions on birch, alder and beech trees. Because of its close association with birch trees, it is often referred to as the 'birch mushroom'. Unlike most mushrooms, chaga is a polypore, a fungus with pores instead of gills. It has the outward appearance of a black, irregular, cracked mass, grows on tree trunks and is most often sterile. It is not cultivated but rather wild-crafted. Because of its irregular size and the way it is harvested, chaga is generally sold as dried, cut pieces of varying size.

The most recent and definitive analytical work on chaga has been performed by Dr. Kirsti Kahlos, a pharmacognycist at the School of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Finland. Kahlos and her colleagues found a wide variety of active triterpenes. Of those, the most active was specified as inotodiol. They also found the compound betulin, which is translocated from the birch host into the fungus. Other researchers have found active polysaccharides, a common occurrence in most medicinal mushrooms.

Scientific research regarding the effects of chaga have centered around its common folk uses. It has been used for centuries in Russia as a cancer cure, often stomach and lung cancer, as well as for common stomach ailments such as gastritis, ulcers and general pain. Water decoctions have even been used in colonics for lower bowel problems. Since 1955, a refined extract has been manufactured and sold in Russia and Eastern Europe for the treatment of stomach and intestinal diseases.

 

Scientific research has confirmed some of the primary folk uses. Kahlos and others have found significant anti-cancer activity against specific tumor systems. Kahlos also found activity against specific influenza viruses. Chaga has shown anti-inflammatory activity which it is believed could be responsible for some of its benefits to the stomach and bowels.

Standardized Extract Available

It will take more research to find definitive answers to the action of chaga. But considering its folk use and the active compounds elucidated by scientific researchers, we believe that it has positive health potential. For this reason, we have developed a standardized chaga extract. If you are interested, we would be happy to send you more detailed information about chaga.

This is an unique product that is only available from NAMMEX!



 

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