Chaga Mushroom Extract
(one level 5ml teaspoon = 2g)
CAUTIONS: Seek advice from a health care professional for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Dairy, gluten and soya free.
Max Dose: Add 1-3g daily to food or drink as part of a balanced diet.
Medicinal Mushrooms - A brief guide written by Martin Powell.
Martin is a biochemist and a Chinese herbalist who has worked with mushroom nutrition for over 20 years. He lectures at the University of Westminster and is the author of Medicinal Mushrooms - a Clinical Guide. As well as running a clinical practice he continues to research mushrooms health benefits and runs seminars on their clinical uses for doctors and health care professionals in the UK and world wide. D.Atkinson Mushroom Extracts All of our mushroom extracts are produced for us by Martin Powell. Our products are practitioner strength and are produced to the highest standards.
Disclaimer: The information below is intended for educational use and is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms, has been diagnosed with or suspects they may have a medical condition should contact a medical doctor or appropriately qualified health professional.
Main active components
Unusually among medicinal mushrooms, Chaga’s most important components are derived from the bark of the host birch trees on which it grows. Chief among these are a large number of betulinic acid derivatives and melano-glucan complexes. Traditional use Revered as a folk medicine, especially among the peoples of eastern Russia, Chaga has traditionally been boiled to make a tea, which is drunk to treat a range of conditions, including: cancers, viral and bacterial infections and gastro-intestinal disorders1, 2.
Main Health Benefits
Cancer: Betulinic acid shows wide-ranging anti-cancer activity, including against: leukaemia, malignant brain and peripheral nervous system cancers for which mushroom polysaccharide-based supplements show limited benefit3. As with other mushrooms, Chaga’s polysaccharide components also show strong immune-modulating activity and this combination of mushroom polysaccharides with host- derived betulinic acid contributes to Chaga’s traditional use in cancer treatment, including
FOR: inoperable breast, lip, gastric, parotid, lung, skin, colorectal cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma1.
Digestive disorders: Melano-glucan complexes have wide antimicrobial activity and Chaga has traditionally been used as an internal cleanser with Befungin, an alcohol extract of Chaga, licensed in Russia for the treatment of stomach and intestinal disorders1.
Psoriasis: Several anecdotal reports indicate benefit of Chaga for psoriasis and this is supported by a Russian study on 50 psoriasis patients, which reported a 76% cure rate, with improvement in a further 16% of cases. The same study reported that it typically took 9-12 weeks for improvement to become apparent4.
Chaga supplements need to be made from wild-harvested Chaga if they are to contain the main active components derived from the bark of the host birch trees. Although most traditional use is based on hot-water extracts (teas), the triterpenoid betulinic acid derivatives (although not the polysaccharides) are more soluble in alcohol and for this reason tinctures or other alcohol-based extracts are sometimes used, either on their own or in combination with polysaccharide-rich hot- water extracts. Traditionally around 5g of Chaga would be ground and boiled to make a tea, while the recommended daily dose of Befungin is 1tsp, three times a day and for extracts 1-3g/day.
References: 1. The Chaga Storey. Spinosa R. 2006. The Mycophile, 47:1. 2. Plants used against cancer. Hartwell JL. 1982. Quartermain Pubs: Lawrence, Mass. p.694. 3. Chemistry, biological activity, and chemotherapeutic potential of betulinic acid for the prevention and treatment of cancer and HIV infection. Cichewicz RH, Kouzi SA. Med Res Rev. 2004;24(1):90- 114. 4. Treatment of Psoriasis with Using Chaga Mushroom Preparations. Dosychev EA, Bystrova VN. 1973. Vestn Dermatol Venerol. May;47(5):79-83.
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