Chaga Mushroom Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Inonotus obliquus


Northern Hemisphere forested areas

Parts Used

The whole mushroom

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Chaga grows on birch trees. It has been highly prized by various indigenous traditions and is known in Siberian shamanism as 'The King of The Mushrooms'.

It is used for a wide variety of purposes including as a general tonic.

As the Chaga Mushroom grows on birch trees, the mushroom absorbs the nutrients and compounds from the tree and makes it more available to humans. Chaga lives in a symbiotic relationship with the birch tree.

In Chinese medicine black foods are known as Jing foods. They are associated with longevity, and Chaga is black in colour.

Chaga is the king of Medicinal Mushrooms, in fact Chaga is the King of all Mushrooms. (there are over 29,000 types)

This medicinal mushroom is the ultimate tonic:

- Chaga is highly Alkaline
- Contains very high levels of anti-oxidants
- Contains a dense and rich mineral content
- Food for the immune system
- Contains phyto-nutrients  

Chaga Mushroom’s action:
Anti bacterial, Anti viral, Anti oxidant, Anti inflammatory, Anti allergic action.

Chaga contains:
215 phytonutrients (29 polysacharide or beta glucan derivatives)
It is high in Vitamin D2, Vitamin B2 and amino acid complexes
It is extremely High in Zinc
It has an extremely dense mineral content: Calcium, cesium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, silicon, sulphur.

More about the Phyto-chemicals in Chaga:

Beta-glucans: These molecules have been known to nourish red blood cells. 


Mushroom Super-Oxide Dismutase concentrates units per gram
Chaga 35000
Reishi 1400
Agaricus 1500


Typical Use

Our Chaga chunks can be brewed into a tea. Heat in water over a low heat(160°F or 75°C) to extract the phyto-chemicals of this medicinal mushroom. Brew for up to an hour, (will turn a deep brown colour, then drink). The same chunk can be re-used until the water extracted from the chunk is pale in colour. (up to 30 times!)

Our Chaga powder is a ready to eat powder and can be added to water. Suggested dosage range is 1-2g per day. It is recommended that the powder is added to a large glass of water (300ml) as taking the powder with water increases effectiveness.

Folklore and History

It has a very long history of use in Russian and Siberian folklore and herbalism. Chaga mushroom has been traditionally made into medicinal tea, used to start fires by carrying a lit Chaga coal, used as a dye, and made into drums. Shamans and healers recognised the Chaga Mushroom as holding ancient knowledge, and information: and as providing an essential source of human nutrition including phyto-chemicals and a rich mineral content.

Chaga Mushroom

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