Since ancient times, mushrooms have always been regarded as a health food that treats a wide range of ailments including common digestive problems like ulcers, gastritis to sever cases like cancer. And for years, scientists have been looking into certain types of mushrooms to treat cancer.
One type of mushroom called chaga mushroom is yielding promising results. This is hardly surprising because Europeans have utilized chaga mushrooms for its healing properties for centuries.
Chaga Mushrooms: Gift From God?
Chaga mushroom is a type of parasitic fungus commonly seen growing on birch trees. Chaga mushrooms are usually found in various parts of Europe, as well as in Canada, and certain regions in northern America and Korea. In Korea, chaga mushroom is dubbed as a “gift of God,” because of its powerful health and restorative benefits.
In Siberia, locals drink chaga tea daily and some researches show this could be the reason why Siberians have such a long life span! In ancient China, chaga tea is used to preserve longevity and vitality.
Chaga mushrooms are usually taken as tea. The earliest recorded use of chaga tea was in the 16th century. Back then, chaga mushrooms and chaga teas are known as folk medicine but recent clinical tests and researches show that chaga mushrooms may have powerful anti-cancer properties!
Chaga Tea and Cancer
Chaga tea contains powerful antioxidants that protect the body from cell damage. Antioxidants are also known for their anti-cancer properties. Certain studies show that drinking chaga tea helps the body fight off the development and spreading of cancer cells. It’s also a promising natural treatment for prostate cancer.
One of the most remarkable proofs of chaga tea’s potent anti-cancer properties is a study conducted by pharmacognosist, Dr. Kirsti Kahlos, for the School of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, in Finland. Kahlos and a group of scientists found that chaga tea contains anti-tumor properties including inotodiol and botulin. Botulin is a compound extracted from the birch tree by the mushroom and it has effective anti-cancer properties.
Apart from its cancer-fighting properties, scientists also see chaga tea as a natural cure for HIV virus. Of course, more research is required to verify chaga tea’s efficacy in combating serious ailments and dangerous diseases such HIV/AIDS.
Chaga Tea Preparation
Chaga tea is taken traditionally to treat digestive problems but it can also be taken regularly to maintain a healthy body.
To prepare chaga tea, take one bag and steep in hot, boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes. You can either drink the chaga tea on its own or you can add natural sweeteners like muscovado or unrefined brown sugar or honey. Lemon may also be added to add a refreshing zing to your chaga drink.
What makes chaga tea unique is the flavor. Chaga tea has a robust, almost coffee-like taste. The longer the tea is steeped, the more the unique taste develops. Because chaga tea contains potent nutrients and antioxidants, it’s important to consult with your physician first before taking this tea. The same thing goes for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and those who are under any kind of medication.