Chaga Tincture 30ml 

- Inonotus obliquus

 

wild harvested chaga ± 10 000mg

cultivated chaga ± 10 000mg

Chaga Tincture

R180,00 Regular Price
R153,00Sale Price
  • This inconspicuous mushroom is arguably one of the most powerful medicines around, you would hardly think so judging by its rough charred appearance. Chaga unlike many medicinal mushrooms does not form a fruiting body in the traditional sense, but rather a sterile sclerotium or mass of mycelium, mostly black due of the presence of massive amounts of melanin. The sexual stage only begins after the tree, or some portion of the tree, is killed by the infection. The mycelium will then begin to produce fertile fruiting bodies underneath the bark. These bodies begin as a whitish mass that turn to brown with time. Since the sexual stage occurs almost entirely under the bark, the fruiting body is rarely ever seen.

    The Chaga mushroom until recently lived in relative obscurity to most of the world however this fungus has been used for centuries by many indigenous tribes in the northern hemisphere. much of the ancient knowledge we have of chaga comes from the Khanty people of Western Siberia, as well as the first nations of the americans. Cree healers call it Wiskakecakomikih after the mythological character of the same name who threw a chunk of chaga he mistook for a piece of dried meat against a birch tree - he was intrigued, & once it grew large enough he ingested it to increase his longevity & power Chaga Latin: Inonotus obliquus Other Names: tinder fungus, clinker polypore www.aetherherbalistapothecary.com 15 above: chaga specimen This inconspicuous mushroom is arguably one of the most powerful medicines around, you would hardly think so judging by its rough charred appearance. Chaga unlike many medicinal mushrooms does not form a fruiting body in the traditional sense, but rather a sterile sclerotium or mass of mycelium, mostly black due of the presence of massive amounts of melanin. The sexual stage only begins after the tree, or some portion of the tree, is killed by the infection. The mycelium will then begin to produce fertile fruiting bodies underneath the bark. These bodies begin as a whitish mass that turn to brown with time. Since the sexual stage occurs almost entirely under the bark, the fruiting body is rarely ever seen. far left: illustration of chaga mushroom

    There are many documented accounts of other ancient humans using this fungus, however the earliest comes from ötzi the iceman - the oldest known mummified cave man in the world. Ötzi was a bronze age human who fell into a frozen crevice in the alps. His body was preserved in the ice since 3300 BCE allowing us a glimpse into the lives of prehistoric man. On his person were many artifacts, intricate copper weapons & 3 different mushroom species. Chaga historically was used for lighting fires ( highly flammable ) & as a medicine - it has both anti-inflammatory & antibacterial compounds. It was highly prized by prehistoric man as it is toxic to whipworm, a parasite later discovered by researchers to be living in ötzi's colon. This ancient cave man knew what illness he had & used this mushrooms powerful medicinal qualities to treat a condition he was suffering with.

    This amazing mushroom has been research extensively & has been proven to treat ulcers , tuberculosis, as well as stomach, liver & heart disease. Chaga contains a large range of important active constituents including polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, lanostane triterpenoids & melanin, a pigment that is present and needed throughout the human body, with a wide range of health benefits. Research on Chaga has demonstrated potent immune modulating actions. Upon ingestion, a range of secondary metabolites are produced, many of which are highly active as potent immune boosters. Chaga is a rich source of β-glucans (beta glucans) - polysaccharides that are quintessential nutrients for the immune system. These polysaccharides have strong immune balancing properties - enhancing the body’s ability to produce natural killer (NK) cells. On a cellular level, Chaga has been shown to support the response to oxidative molecules that may impact human DNA if not quenched

    Chaga has also been proven to treat various cancers, including inoperable breast cancer, lip cancer, gastric, parotid gland, pulmonary, stomach, skin & rectal cancer - this is in part due to oxygenated triterpenes, particularly inotodiol & obliquol along with chaga's high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) value - however some scientists believe there are still more novel compounds to be discovered in this amazing fungus. Chaga is also a great adjunct treatment with chemotherapy due to its ability to prevent intoxication, regurgitation, it also improves appetite, reduces pain & improves immunity. Chaga has also historically been used for hodgkins disease, & to regenerate organ & gland cells. far above: chaga growth on a birch tree looks like a hard crust above right: chaga is usually sold in smaller manageable chunks for use Attempts at cultivating this fungus on simulated mediums results in a reduced & markedly different production of metabolites. Cultivated chaga develops a lower number of phytosterols, particularly lanosterol, an intermediate in the synthesis of ergosterol & lanostane-type triterpenes. For this reason we use ethically wild harvested Siberia Chaga. After ten to fifteen years of parasitism on birch tree trunks, Inonotus obliquus fungus acquires the status of “Chaga.” And at the age of twenty years, Chaga is considered to be fully mature as a tonic herb. The fruiting body is then removed for us to create a triple hydro-ethanolic extraction to concentrate this mushrooms powerful benefits.

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