Chaga is a mushroom which grows on the Birch tree and basically acts as a parasite. It’s mostly found in places with a cold climate, like Northern Europe, Russia, Korea and even some parts of Northern America and North Carolina. Chaga is black in color due to its high content of melatonin and it’s well-known for many health benefits it provides.
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Chaga Benefits against Cancer
There was a Polish study in 1998 which proved the beneficial effect of Chaga mushrooms on tumor reduction. The bark of Birch tree, where this fungus grows is full of betulin, a substance widely used in treating cancer. Consequently, Chaga takes this substance from the bark and synthesizes it in a specific way which makes it safe for human consumption. Apart from beneficial effect against cancers, Betulin also showed promises in the fight against HIV virus. Additional studies in 1958, this time in Finland and Russia, associated Chaga mushrooms with increased chances of remission for liver, gastric, uterine and breast cancers.
Chaga Mushrooms for Psoriasis
Another common use of Chaga mushrooms is in a treatment of psoriasis, a common skin condition which presents with red and rough patches. There was a study in Russia in 1973 in which they proved that Chaga really works magic on psoriasis. Out of 50 patients, which was the entire study group, all of them healed their psoriasis completely using the chaga mushroom.
Chaga for gastritis
Chaga has been used for the past 500 years for a treatment of gastritis. It is a fairly common condition in which the lining of the stomach became inflamed due to variety of reasons, like excessive alcohol consumption, prolonged use of blood thinners like acetylsalicylic acid, as a result of surgery or infection. In some cases, even a bacteria like Helicobacter Pylori can cause gastritis. Some people found that using Chaga mushrooms on a regular basis give them long-lasting relief from gastritis.