Chaga Mushroom

Wild Crafted / Sustainably Sourced Chaga King of Medicinal Mushrooms
150g (5.29 oz) Dried Pieces

King of the Medicinal Mushrooms’, Wild-Crafted, untouched Siberian Chaga Mushroom. This powerful and sought after Mushroom is possibly the highest antioxidant containing Fungi. The power of Ancient Trees is present in this adaptogenic Mushroom. Chaga Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by multiple cultures as a remedy to enhance the immune system and improve overall health and as various races have been using this otherworldly mushroom since ancient times, it must be effective!

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Ancient Purity presents the ancient magic of the forest, alive and thriving in the modern world... The Chaga Mushroom boasts potent immune-enhancing properties along with high levels of antioxidants. It is an amazing health and longevity tonic full of phytonutrients that slow the ageing process. Chaga Mushroom has been a component of Russian folk medicine since the 16th century. Chaga's scientific name is "Inonotus obliquus". It is often referred to as the Birch Conk, Clinker Polypore, or Tinder Fungus. Depending on culture and region, the Chaga Mushroom also goes by many other names. However its most fitting title is... ‘King of the Medicinal Mushrooms’. It is clinically proven to be one of nature's most ancient, safest and most potent medicinal herbs.

Known by the Siberian Russians as "A Gift from God" and also "The Mushroom of Immortality". The Japanese refer to it as "The Diamond of the Forest". The Chaga Mushroom is a premier adaptogen. An adaptogen is a metabolic regulator that increases an organisms' ability to adapt to environmental factors and resist stress. Though Chaga is a mushroom, the two most beneficial ways to consume its properties are through a hot water extraction, by preparing it as a tea or an alcohol extraction. They also make powerful Chaga Mushroom tinctures (See our ‘Related Products’ Page). OK, let’s learn what Chaga Mushroom’s ancient powers can do for us today...

Wild Crafted Chaga – Information & Points to Research

  • Wild Crafted, from Nature to You.
  • Clean, Safe, Effective.
  • Beta Glucans-Rich.
  • The Ultimate Herbalist's Tea Ingredient.
  • Antibacterial, Antifungal and Immunity Boosting Mushroom.
  • Nutritionally Dense.
  • Ancient use back to the Stone Age.
  • Respected by Cultures Worldwide.
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Chaga – ‘King of the Medicinal Mushrooms’

Chaga Mushroom’s polysaccharides effectively promote macrophage (white blood cells) activation through the MAPK and NF-κB signalling pathways, suggesting that Chaga polysaccharides help regulate the immune response of the body. Chaga has the highest level of superoxide dismutase or (SOD) detected in any food or herb in the world, Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that repairs cells and reduces the damage done to them by superoxide, the most common free radical in the body. In other words, superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells. This might prevent damage to tissues. It is being researched to see if it can help conditions where harmful oxygen molecules are believed to play a role in sickness. SOD is found in both the dermis and the epidermis and is essential for the production of healthy fibroblasts (skin-building cells).

Studies have shown that SOD acts as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, neutralising the free radicals that can lead to wrinkles and precancerous cell changes. Researchers are currently studying the potential of superoxide dismutase as an anti-ageing treatment since it is now known that SOD levels drop while free radical levels increase as we age. Superoxide Dismutase helps the body use zinc, copper, and manganese. The 2 types of SOD are: copper/zinc (Cu/Zn) SOD & manganese (Mn) SOD. Each type of SOD plays a different role in keeping cells healthy. Cu/Zn SOD protects the cells’ cytoplasm and Mn-SOD protects their mitochondria (Membrane-bound cell organelles that generate most of the chemical energy needed to power the cell's biochemical reactions.) from free radical damage. Superoxide Dismutase has also been used in the treatment of joint, prostate, ulcer, inflammatory and bowel problems. In its topical form, it may help to reduce facial wrinkles, scar tissue, wounds and burns. Chaga Mushroom has marked immunostimulatory activity and should be considered by anyone seeking super health and longevity.

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Chaga Mushroom Gives

Chaga Mushroom contains B and D vitamins and lots of protein which promote health over stress, low mood and lack of energy. Chaga Mushroom has potent immune supporting properties and it is a rich source of beta-glucans and polysaccharides. Both are essential nutrients for the immune system. These polysaccharides have strong anti-inflammatory and immune-balancing properties, enhancing the body’s ability to produce natural killer cells to battle infections. These polysaccharides are considered to be the primary active constituents of this powerhouse mushroom, at least from an immunological perspective. Upon ingestion, a range of secondary metabolites are produced, many of which are highly active as potent immune modulators. It has sterols, triterpenes, saponins and polysaccharides. Of the triterpene group, inotodiol seems to be the most active. Another component in Chaga Mushroom is Betulin which is absorbed and concentrates from the birch trees that it is commonly found to grow on. Betulin can easily be converted to Betulinic acid which has been shown to possess a wide spectrum of biological activities.

The active constituents of Chaga Mushroom are thought to be a combination of Amino Acids, Beta Glucans, Betulinic Acid, Calcium, Chloride, Copper, Dietary Fibre, Enzymes, Flavonoids, Germanium, Inotodiols, Iron, Lanosterol, Manganese, Magnesium, Melanin, Pantothenic Acid, Phenols, Phosphorus, Phytonutrients, Polysaccharides, Potassium, Saponins, Selenium, Sodium, Sterols, Trametenolic Acid, Tripeptides, Triterpenes, Triterpenoids, Vanillic Acid, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin D2, Vitamin K and  Zinc. According to the Estonian Folk Medicine Botanic Database HERBA, Chaga Mushrooms have been used treating about 20 disorders and illnesses throughout history. "Chaga is significant in ethnomycology, forest ecology, and increasingly in pharmacognosy. Its long-term human use and cultural eastern European and Russian acceptance should awaken serious researchers to its potential as a reservoir of new medicines, and as a powerful preventive ally for protecting DNA." - Paul Stamets

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Chaga & Beta-Glucans

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Chaga is rich in beta-glucans, which have immunomodulating activities. Beta-glucans bind to Complement Receptor 3 (CR3) that allows the immune cells to recognise certain cells as non-self. Betulinic acid, a constituent of Chaga Mushroom is cytotoxic and triggers apoptosis through a direct effect on the mitochondria of cells. Beta-glucans are sugar compounds present in bacteria, fungi, yeast, algae and plants such as barley and oats. Scientific research indicates they might decrease high cholesterol and improve skin issues such as bedsores, wounds, eczema as well as radiation therapy burns. Chaga has demonstrated an ability to restore health in many reported cases. Chaga is an immune system modulator as well as an adaptogen and has the highest level of superoxide dismutase or (SOD) detected in any food or herb in the world. The following are some properties in Chaga that are antibacterial: Betulinic Acid, copper, flavonoids, inotodiol, lanosterol, magnesium, melanin, pantothenic acid, phytonutrients, polysaccharides, saponins, selenium, sterols, tripeptides, triterpenes and zinc.

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Chaga Definition

Chaga is a fungus that draws its nutrients and derives its extracts from the inner layers of the bark of the tree from which it grows on. The Chaga Mushroom is known to grow on different species of trees, but mainly on white and silver birch trees. It resembles a dark clump of dirt more than a mushroom, but is distinguished from other growths by its orange tissue. 

Chaga has been reported to be found growing on Elm, Hornbeam, Beech and Alder, although this would seem to be a very rare occurrence. The Chaga conk, which often grows to the size of a football, is normally found in cooler climates. Chaga not resembles the traditional-looking mushroom. 

Chaga Mushroom is a sponge-like formation with an irregular form and a diameter that can extend from several centimetres to half a metre. Go find some!

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Sustainably Foraged Chaga

Ancient Purity works with a couple of skilled foragers who collect the Chaga and have years of experience and knowledge. They have been following sustainable methods that take into account the whole ecosystem of the forest around the trees and the future of them before anything got written up and advised on sustainable collection. We prefer this method because we want to support nature, natural health and thrive wildly. In short the sustainably sourced Chaga causes minimum to zero effect on the ecosystem surrounding them. Our goal is protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. The collection of Ancient Purity's Chaga supports the local community as it provides income for both Chaga gatherers and the forest owners. In addition, let’s consider it gives individuals a chance to work in nature (If I wasn't running Ancient Purity, I'd quite like a forest-based job).

If you are on your own Foraging quest and unsure exactly if you have located some Chaga here are some pointers. Chagas surface is otherworldly, rough and black, covered with cracks. When breaking a piece from Chaga, its black skin will crumble and you can see the golden-brown coloured flesh, intertwined with white mycelium. (A mass of branching, thread-like hyphae) Chaga’s flesh is very dense and stiff. Those collecting these mushrooms have to be very skilled to remove the mushroom from the tree it’s growing on. Chaga grows in the circumpolar temperate forests of earth's northern hemisphere. Chaga Mushroom is found where Birch trees and forests are abundant, such as in Russia (Siberia), Northern areas of Europe, Scotland, Scandinavia, Canada, Korea, Alaska and certain mountainous northern areas of North America.

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Chaga History

For thousands of years, Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) has been revered throughout the known world (Eurasia), where it has been referred to as a precious "Gift from God" and nature's "King of Herbs".  Documented back well before the time of Christ, ancient Asian folk medicine practitioners relied upon Chaga, a special mushroom, to maintain a healthy life energy balance known as "Chi", preserve youth, promote longevity, and boost the body's immune system. As a folk remedy, Chaga was ingested by the local people of the Siberian mountain regions in tea or powder form, inhaled from smoke and applied to the skin. Documented in the book "The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing" in 100 B.C., the Chinese Monk Shen Nong proclaimed Chaga as a superior class herb, because of its diverse and complete health-enhancing properties.

Often called, "A Precious Gift of Nature" and "The King of the Herbs", for centuries, people have used Chaga as a daily supplement for the overall balancing of the body's immune system and promoting good health even for those of advanced years. The health-promoting properties of the Chaga Mushroom have been already well-known amongst our wise ancestors for ages. They were following the principle that sickness and its cure are look-alikes. Essentially Chaga is a mushroomy ‘tumour’ for a tree. This is the reason why Chaga has been used mostly for treating tumours. Chaga was mostly consumed for digestive system tumours. Additionally, it was used treating inflammation in the stomach’s mucous membrane (gastritis). The most prevalent method of using this ancient mushroom was to consume its tea and sometimes the weird-looking mushroom was pressed directly on the tumour or swelling.

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Chaga in Russian History

Historically, some Russians drank Chaga as a daily beverage just as we drink coffee or tea. Today, Chaga tea is commonly used in Russian cultures as a family cupboard product to support a healthy immune system. Early Russian culture embraced the use of Siberian Chaga and its use has spread westward to the Urals and Baltic regions of the European continent. In the 12th Century, Tzar Vladimir Monamah was reportedly treated with Chaga to maintain his health. Siberian Chaga received acclaim and notice by the Western world when Nobel Prize-winning Russian novelist Alexandr Solzhenitsyn introduced it in his 1968 novel, "The C Ward", where he writes about the tea from the birch tree mushroom and its beneficial properties.

According to thousands of years of testing by Chinese Health Practitioners, mushrooms including Chaga can help to increase longevity, promote health, and boost life energy or "Chi." The biochemistry of these mushrooms is complex and is still being studied. Doctors, alternative medicine specialists, herbalists and researchers are increasingly interested in the mushroom’s potential health benefits. Some scientific studies on Chaga had yielded promising results. After 40 years of research, the publication of hundreds of clinical, in vivo and in vitro studies, research science is only beginning to understand the life and health-enhancing properties of the class of superior mushrooms.

Chaga used in Siberia since Ancient Times

King of the Medicinal Mushrooms’, Wild-Crafted, untouched Siberian Chaga Mushroom. This powerful and sought after Mushroom is possibly the highest antioxidant containing Fungi. The power of Ancient Trees is present in this adaptogenic Mushroom. Chaga Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by multiple cultures as a remedy to enhance the immune system and improve overall health and as various races have been using this otherworldly mushroom since ancient times, it must be effective!

Chaga Timeline

  • 3,300 BC: Evidence from Otzi the Iceman shows that Chaga was used by people towards the end of the Stone Age.
  • 3,000 BC: Legends of amazing birch fungus found in Western Siberia that has been used in health are told. Chaga is used by the Khanty and other Siberian peoples.
  • 2696 BC: Medicinal Mushrooms are classified by the Shen Nung Pen Ts'ao Ching among the "Upper Class" herbs, as the "King of Herbs" and "Gifts from the Gods"
  • 1000 BC: Chaga is used throughout Asia. In Traditional Chinese Culture, Chaga was used to balance the body's life energy they call ‘Chi’ and enhance immunity.
  • 15th Century AD: Use of Chaga and its health benefits are documented in Russian folklore.
  • 1955: Chaga is approved for use by the Russian Medical Academy of Science for supporting a healthy immune system.
  • 1968: A book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, is published, introducing Chaga to the West.
  • 2012: Author David Wolfe brings the wisdom of consuming Chaga more mainstream in his book "King of the Medicinal Mushrooms".

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Chaga Mushroom… Closing Thoughts

A non-toxic fungus in the Hymenochaetaceae family, Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) provides an extensive range of medicinal qualities. The World Trade Organization classified Chaga as a Medicinal Mushroom. Chaga Mushrooms are the parasitic growths on birch and other trees. They have an irregularly shaped sterile conk and it has the appearance of a ball of burnt charcoal. It is not the fungus’ fruiting body, but a mass of mycelium, mostly black because of the presence of huge quantities of melanin. Chaga Mushroom contains health properties that can aid strengthen and heal the body in a natural way. The Estonians have a name for Chaga mushroom that can be translated as ‘the black ram’ (must pässik) which most-likely comes from Chaga’s appearance that resembles the head of a black ram. In Russia, Chaga has been used to treat different illnesses already for at least four centuries. There, it is even officially recommended to use Chaga for gastric and duodenal ulcers and disorders, also for treating polyps. Since Chaga is thoroughly researched in Russia, it is there used also for various skin issues and joint problems. Chaga and its tea, brews and elixirs are further used as an organism-enhancing supplement for daily use. It is interesting to know that Chaga Mushroom is also mixed into pet food to boost their immunity and weight. Chaga Mushroom contains over 215 Phytonutrients. Currently 46 medicines use the mushroom’s betulin and betulinic acid as active ingredients. Russian scientists have managed to produce a lotion out of Chaga for veins and joints. They created a microcapsules system, which allows the ingredients from the Chaga Mushroom to easily penetrate the skin and function directly in the joint. 

Some of the numerous health-improving properties provided by this magical mushroom include: improves lymphocyte count, fights chronic tiredness, enhances neurological function, alleviates restlessness and nervousness, has anti-inflammatory benefits, supports the growth of healthy cells, improves digestion, maintains healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, oxygenates and builds strong blood. It’s almost too good to be true but there are many more health benefits. Finally, did you know that Chaga Mushroom is 30% closer to human DNA than any other plant species’ DNA? "What we want is another sample of life, which is not on our tree of life at all. All life that we've studied so far on Earth belongs to the same tree. We share genes with mushrooms and oak trees and fish and bacteria that live in volcanic vents and so on that it's all the same life descended from a common origin. What we want is a second tree of life. We want alien life, alien not necessarily in the sense of having come from space, but alien in the sense of belonging to a different tree altogether. That is what we're looking for" – Paul Stamets

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Chaga Tea

  • Cut up a piece of Chaga and simmer in water or red wine. 
  • Simmer for at least an hour or 2 further wine or water can be added.
  • Some people will boil the Chaga lightly for a few hours or even overnight.
  • Chaga Tea can be re-boiled and used a few times before losing potency.

Other uses:
You can also use the Chaga tea for enemas if desired. You will find many different methods to use Chaga on different sites.
We highly recommend David Wolfes book "Chaga" King of the Medicinal Mushrooms.

  • Brand: Ancient Purity.
  • Size: 150g.
  • Origin: Siberia. 
  • Container: Kraft paper pouch.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase:  4 - 8 years (Use by on label may indicate 2yrs but this is the real lifespan)
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry place, out of sunlight.

Q - Some people are selling Chaga powder is it better?
A - We prefer to take it straight from the tree and let you use it as see fit. You could grind/mill it then use, its debatable how this effects Chaga, just as for example went using a centrifugal juicer on vegetables, the cutting can effect the enzymes. We have no proof of the but at Ancient Purity we like our Chaga in chunks, so that how we provide it.
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Q - How many times can i re-boil a piece of Chaga?.
A - Personally, i will 3 or 4 times, but i tend to then just add new pieces to the pot rather than throw an old bit away. - Health Refugee

Q - I have a major health issue, how should i use Chaga?
A - We recommend David Wolfes book "Chaga" King of the Medicinal Mushrooms.

Scientific Articles

US National Library of Medicine - Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), a Future Potential Medicinal Fungus in Oncology?

Pharmacy Formulas - Chaga and its bioactive complexes: history and perspectives

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Chaga Mushroom

Science Direct - Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) polysaccharides exhibit genoprotective effects in UVB-exposed embryonic zebrafish (Danio rerio) through coordinated expression of DNA repair genes 

Supporting Scientific Research

  1. Kahlos K, Kangas L, Hiltunen R. Antitumor activity of some compounds and fractions from an n-hexane extract of Inonotus obliquus in vitro. Acta Pharma Fennica. 1987;96:33-40.
  2. Choi SY, Hur SJ, An CS, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of Inonotus obliquus in colitis induced by dextran sodium sulfate. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2010;2010:943516. doi:10.1155/2010/943516.
  3. Shibnev VA, Garaev TM, Finogenova MP, Kalnina LB, Nosik DN. Antiviral activity of aqueous extracts of the birch fungus Inonotus obliquus on the human immunodeficiency virus [in Russian]. Vopr Virusol. 2015;60:35-38.
  4. Mazurkiewicz W, Rydel K, Pogocki D, Lemieszek MK, Langner E, Rzeski W. Separation of an aqueous extract Inonotus obliquus (Chaga). A novel look at the efficiency of its influence on proliferation of A549 human lung carcinoma cells. Acta Pol Pharm. 2010;67:397-406.
  5. Chung MJ, Chung CK, Jeong Y, Ham SS. Anticancer activity of subfractions containing pure compounds of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extract in human cancer cells and in Balbc/c mice bearing sarcoma-180 cells. Nutr Res Pract. 2010;4:177-182.
  6. Lee J.H., Hyun C.K. Insulin-sensitizing and beneficial lipid-metabolic effects of the water-soluble melanin complex extracted from Inonotus obliquus. Phytother. Res. 2014;28:1320–1328.

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