What is chaga?
Chaga is a parasitic mushroom. It grows on birch trunks, destroys them and spoils the quality of the wood. Another name for chaga is tinder fungus. You can recognize it by its color: it is black on the outside and orange-yellow at the break.
Tinder fungus, although it is called a birch fungus, affects not only birch trees — it can also be found on alder and mountain ash. It usually grows in places of mechanical damage to the trunk — for example, on a notch from an ax.
Well, a mushroom and a mushroom. Can they really be treated?
It turns out, yes. In folk medicine, the medicinal properties of the birch mushroom have been known for a long time.
In Russia, chaga was used to treat diseases of the stomach and intestines: it was taken in the form of tea or decoctions mixed with other herbs. In Siberia, it has long been believed that the power of this parasitic fungus helps them in the fight against mastitis and fibrosis, cleanse the liver and kidneys, maintain clean skin and prevent female diseases. In the Far East, tea with chaga is drunk to prevent infections and inflammation.
Scientists drew attention to the birch mushroom not so long ago, but its beneficial properties in relation to some pathologies have already been studied and are being studied. There is already evidence of the potential benefits of this mushroom and its extracts in the treatment of pathologies of the digestive tract, the prevention and treatment of malignant tumors, as well as the general strengthening effect of the plant when consumed in the form of tea.
Various forms of phyto-raw materials from chaga help:
- stimulate immunity;
- activate the work of brain cells;
- normalize blood pressure;
- adjust blood sugar levels among diabetics.
All this, according to scientists, is the merit of tannins and agaric acid, manganese and resins.