Label: Beneficial Botanicals Botanical Name:Inonotus obliquus Other Names: clinker polypore, cinder conk, birch canker polypore, black birch mushroom, birch lip Parts Used: sclerotia harvested from birch trees Organic: yes / wild harvested, made with organic alcohol Origin: USA Extract Process: double extraction Menstruum:organic corn vodka, spring water
Gluten Free: yes Alcohol by Volume:45%
Known Use: modulate and stimulate the immune system, lower cholesterol, powerful antioxidant, slow the growth of certain cancers, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar
This Chaga tincture is 100% organic : wild harvested, free of pesticides, extracted with organic alcohol and spring water.
Known as the "King of Medicinal Mushrooms" and "The Immune Boosting Superfood", Chaga has consistently scored at the highest end on the ORAC test for antioxidant potency of most any super food.
Laboratory and animal studies have shown that compounds in Chaga can kill cancer cells selectively, inhibit melanoma cell growth and stimulate the immune system. In more than one study Chaga exhibited anti-cancer activity in human colon cancer cells
Chaga may also reduce fatigue and inflammation, along with influencing mental sharpness.
Noteworthy Chemicals and Compounds include polysaccharides, Beta-D-Glucans, phytosterols, Betulin and Betulinic Acid (triterpenes), polyphenols, and Super Oxide Dismutase (a group of enzymes). The betulinic acid found in Chaga comes from the live birch trees where it grows and is most noted to normalize the body's cholesterol levels while serving as an anti-inflammatory agent. Betulinic acid has been studied for its anti-proliferative activity on cancer cells. Research is being done to determine just how betulinic acid can best be delivered in cancer treatment, addressing the problem of its poor solubility in certain solutions.
What is a Double Extraction Method? In order to extract both alcohol and water soluble chemical compounds from this type of fungus, a dual method of extraction must be used to capture all the health benefits it has to offer. This process requires soaking the mushroom material for a period of time in alcohol followed by a hot water decoction for optimal extraction.
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Known Dose (for Adults): 15-30 drops 1 to 3 times a day in coffee, smoothies, juice or in a small amount of water, with or without food. Taking Chaga continually for 6 months could effect kidney function (see precautions).
Like other polyspores, Chaga contains polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system. As well as being identified to enhance the immune system, research has also indicated that Chaga has the ability to regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin, and both serum and liver lipids, such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids.
Chaga has been studied for its role in regulating cytokine production which may classify it as an anti-inflammatory to fight chronic inflammation that can lead to other problems and diseases.
Chaga has been indicated for its action to inhibit melanoma cell growth and reduce anti-cancer activity in human colon cancer cells.
Blood Sugar: Because Chaga lowers blood sugar, it can be dangerous for people taking insulin and other blood sugar-lowering medications.
Kidney Function : Chaga is high in oxalates and may cause kidney problems in some individuals. Kidney damage/disease has been associated in some people that were taking Chaga daily for 6 months.
While taking Chaga, stay well hydrated with water. Crystals form when there is too much oxalate in too little liquid in the urine which can cause kidney stones.
Increase calcium intake by eating Kale --specifically dinasour kale, rather than curly kale-- while taking Chaga because this allows the calcium to bind to oxalate during digestion before ever reaching the kidneys. Add magnesium to the diet at the same time you eat kale to complete this process. Kale is the best choice since spinach has calcium but also high in oxalates which is what you want to diminish. To obtain the benefits of Kale (a cruciferous vegetable), cut it 30 minutes before lightly steaming or sauteing. If short on time, you can add mustard powder to get the cancer fighting benefits.
Blood Thinning : Due to Chaga's blood thinning action, stop taking Chaga two weeks in advance of any scheduled surgery. Do not take Chaga if you are on blood-thinning medications such as Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis), Heparin (various), and Warfarin (Coumadin).
"Thanks so much for your chaga tincture, which I have been using recently. Two months ago a squamous cell carcinoma was surgically removed from my scalp by a dermatologist. Squamous cell isn't melanoma, but it can be very dangerous. (Every year for the last five years or so, my doc has had to freeze around fifteen pre-cancerous lesions to prevent their possible further growth toward malignancy. I'm 72 years old and had begun to think maybe this is inevitable at my age.) After my surgery, I read about chaga and its use in the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma. Six weeks ago, I started using chaga prophylactically. Today I saw my dermatologist, and for the first time in around five years there were NO lesions anywhere (!), let alone lesions that needed freezing! Two lesions on the back of my neck were for many months repeatedly scabbing and bleeding, until five weeks ago. Today I asked my dermatologist to freeze those lesions: I was extremely concerned about them even though I'd barely noticed them these last four weeks. She said "OK" and looked for them. The lesions were gone. There was absolutely no trace of them. I could hardly believe it. Besides the bleeding lesions that had seriously worried me, there had also been for several years lesions on both shoulders that appeared more "stable"---they itched but didn't bleed---but which nonetheless worried me somewhat because they wouldn't heal, even after years. They too are gone. Yes, my story is "only" anecdotal, but for me chaga's apparent effect is miraculous and a huge relief. Thank you, God/Goddess for our amazing plant friends/helpers/angels. Be well, everyone." ----Frank W. from New Mexico
Kang JH, Jang JE, Mishra SK, et al. "Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulatrion of the beta-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer." J Ethnopharmacol. 173:303-312. September 15, 2015.
Lee HS, Kim EJ, Kim SH. "Ethanol extract of Innotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom) induces G1 cell cycle arrest in HT-29 human colon cancer cells." 9(2):111-116. April 2015
Ko, S.K., Jin, M., Pyo, M.Y. 2011. "Inonotus obliquus extracts suppress antigen-specific IgE production through the modulation of Th1/Th2 cytokines in ovalbumin-sensitized mice." J Ethnopharmacol. 137 (3):1077-82. E-pub July 28, 2011.
Najafzadeh, M., Reynolds, P.D., Baumgartner, A., Jerwood, D., Anderson, D. 2007 "Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in lymphocytes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease." Mol Cells. 31 (2):165-73. E-pub Dec. 22, 2010.
Park, Y.K., Lee, H.B., Jeona, E-J., Jungb, H.S., Kang, M.H. 2004. "Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay." BioFactors 21:109-112.
Stamets, P., 2008. U.S. Patent Application # 12/284,646. "Antiviral and Antibacterial Activity from Medicinal Mushrooms." Filed September 24, 2008.
Won, D.P., Lee, J.S., Kwon, D.S., Lee, K.E., Shin, W.C., Hong, E.K. 2011. "Immunostimulating activity by polysaccharides isolated from fruiting body of Inonotus obliquus." Mol Cells 31(2):165-73. E-pub 22 Dec. 2010.
Youn MJ, Kim JK, Park SY, et al. "Potential anticancer properties of the water extract of Inonotus obliquus by induction of apoptosis in melanoma B16-F10 cells." J Ethnopharmacol. 121(2):221-228. Jan 21, 2009.
Lee SH, Hwang HS, Yun JW. "Antitumor activity of water extract of a mushroom, Inonotus obliquus, against HT-29 human colon cancer cells." Phytother Res. Apr 15, 2009.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Chaga Mushroom. Fact Sheet.
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