CHAGA – CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE 17TH CENTURY IN RUSSIA
Chaga has been well-known for its curative properties for many thousands of years, and has been a valuable plant for Native Americans and other indigenous peoples throughout the northern hemisphere. The use of chaga as folk medicine has a long history, not least in Russia. Written sources can be found dating back to the 17th century and describing the use of this amazing mushroom. As recently as the 1960s, the well-known Russian author and Nobel-prize winner Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn wrote of his positive experiences with chaga in one of his famous books. Nowadays, there is an ever-increasing interest in finding ingredients in nature. What’s more, chaga is now easier to source. As a result, this potent and adaptogenic mushroom is more popular now than ever before.
GROWS ON TREES
As reishi, chaga grows on trees. One of the benefits provided by mushrooms that grow on trees is that the tree itself acts as a filter for the mushrooms. A mushroom growing in nature acts like a sponge. If the area where it is growing has a lot of waste products, the mushrooms will also contain large quantities of waste products. The birch trees purify the chaga and filter away most of the waste products the mushroom would have contained if it grew on the ground.
ONE OF THE STRONGEST ANTIOXIDANTS IN THE WORLD
Chaga, also known as black gold, grows on birch trees in Siberia, China, North America and in Scandinavia. It is claimed that chaga is one of the world’s strongest antioxidants. Chaga has been used for centuries to boost the immune system and combat inflammation. As reishi, chaga is an adaptogen mushroom that restores the body’s different functions when these have become imbalanced.
DUO-EXTRACTED FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
Double extraction or duo-extraction is required to exploit all the active agents in chaga. Duo-extraction is a technical term that implies extraction in two phases; one water-soluble and the other alcohol-based. The extract we use is developed by Four Sigmatic, one of the pioneers within this area. Our analyses show that this extract is extremely potent and pure, and without a doubt the best currently available!
In Norway, chaga is known as “kreftkjuke”, which translates as “cancer polypore”. One theory behind this name is that the mushroom was once used to treat cancer. The name could also be attributed to the shape and appearance of chaga – brownish-black and gnarled – and similar to a tumor. In ancient medical traditions, it was believed that plants and mushrooms that were similar to a specific organ or disease could be used to cure that organ or disease. This is known as the doctrine of signatures and dates back to the Middle Ages.