The History of Chaga by historyman


Throughout documented history, Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus), has been used and revered by many
ancient cultures for its medicinal qualities.                                                             3,300 BC: Evidence from
In 1991, the mummified remains of “Otzi the Iceman” were discovered preserved in a glacier in the         Otzi the Iceman shows that
Austrian Alps. “Otzi” lived about 5,300 years ago, at the end of the Stone Age. Dried Chaga was           Chaga was used by people
found in “Otzi’s” pouch. Researchers believe that Chaga was used by people of that time to prevent        towards the end of the Stone
bacterial and viral infections, to heal wounds, and to treat intestinal parasites.                        Age for medicinal purposes.
Stories of Chaga’s healing properties abound in the folklore of the indigenous people of Siberia, the
Baltic, and Finland dating back at least 5,000 years. These folklore accounts are traced to a fungus      3,000 BC: Legends tell of an
that grows on birch trees in Western Siberia that was used to treat cancer. One of these indigenous       amazing birch fungus found
groups, the Khanty of Siberia, has traditionally used Chaga to prevent illness, to treat a wide variety   in Western Siberia that has
of ailments including cancer, and has been used as a body cleanser, and for purification rituals. They    been used to treat cancer.
continue to use Chaga for these same purposes today.                                                      Chaga is used by the Khanty
In the 28th century B.C., Emperor Shen Nung of China recorded 365 herbal remedies in the Shen-            and other Siberian peoples.
nung Pen Ts’ao Ching. Chaga was included among the “Upper Class” herbs - the herbs that nourish
life. Emperor Shen Nung honored this class of superior mushrooms as the “King of Herbs” and as            2696 BC: Chaga is classified
“Medicinal Gifts from the Gods”. In the 3,000 year history of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),         in the Shen Nung Pen Ts’ao
Chaga has been used throughout Asia. TCM regards optimal health as the result of the smooth flow of
                                                                                                          Ching among the “Upper
“Chi” (universal life energy) throughout the body. This promotes balance and harmony. Illnesses
result from imbalances.
                                                                                                          Class” herbs, as the “King of
                                                                                                          Herbs” and “Medicinal Gifts
The use of Chaga in Russian folk medicine was first documented in the 15th century A.D. Chaga             from the Gods”
commonly has been enjoyed by Russian peasants as an inexpensive, refreshing tea and has been
used medicinally for a wide range of ailments. Perhaps the most well-known use for Chaga has been
                                                                                                          1000 BC: Chaga is used
as a Russian folk treatment for cancer. Chaga is valued as a health-promoting tonic, blood purifier,
and pain reliever. It is also used to treat skin ailments, gastric complaints, and to heal wounds and     throughout Asia in
prevent infection.                                                                                        Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Regions of Russia in which Chaga is consumed as a daily tea have been reported to have a lower            15th Century AD: Chaga is
incidence of cancer. This has led to numerous scientific studies in Russia. In 1955 Chaga was
approved for use against cancer by the Medical Academy of Science in Moscow to be used to shrink
                                                                                                          documented as a Russian folk
tumors as well as to decrease the side effects of other treatments such as radiation, and to boost        remedy.
the immune system. In a study in Poland in 1957, cancer patients were reported to have
experienced less pain and hemorrhaging, improved appetite and general feeling of health, and              1955: Chaga is approved for
reduced tumor size. In 1960, a report was received by the U.S. National Cancer Institute that Chaga       use against Cancer by the
had been used to successfully treat cancer patients in Australia.                                         Russian Medical Academy of
Chaga was largely unknown in the West until the 1968 publication of Aleksander Solzenitsyn’s Nobel-       Science.
prize winning novel, The Cancer Ward. In this semi-autobiographical novel, a country doctor believes
that the low incidence of cancer among the Russian peasants is because they regularly drink Chaga         1960: The US National
tea. The patients of the cancer ward would sneak Chaga in to treat their own cancer. Diagnosed with       Cancer Institute receives a
terminal cancer himself, Solzenitsyn is claimed to have attributed his own recovery to Chaga.             report that Chaga has been
Scientific research has continued, primarily in Eastern Europe, China, Korea and Japan. This research     used to treat cancer patients.
has focused on isolating the active compounds that would explain the therapeutic effects claimed to
be found in clinical applications, folklore, and personal testimonials. In 1984, Finnish Scientist, Dr.   1968: The Cancer Ward is
Kirsti Kahlos, began what is perhaps the best known research. Dr. Kahlos’ research demonstrated           published, introducing Chaga
that Chaga has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-tumor properties. Other researchers have    as a cancer treatment to the
found compounds in Chaga that are claimed to have high anti-oxidant values as well as anti-
inflammatory, and immune system stimulating properties.
Today, the use of Chaga is growing in the West, as people search for more holistic approaches to          1984: Dr. Kirsti Kahlos
preventing disease and promoting optimum health. In testimonials, people report finding relief from       begins important scientific
the same conditions described in folklore, as well as from many modern-day health complaints              research about Chaga’s active
ranging from diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, to depression, insomnia, Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. They include viral complaints such as colds and flu, as
well as Herpes and HIV/AIDS. Chaga is also used to treat arthritis, bronchitis, allergies, and skin
conditions, and is believed to lower the risk of cancers, and reduce the size of tumors. Athletes claim   Today: Scientific research
improved endurance, and people who already enjoy good health describe better vigor and general            on Chaga continues, as more
feeling of well-being. Chaga is regarded as a “functional food”, restoring the flow of Chi throughout     and more people discover its
the body and returning it to a balanced state of health. Chaga is believed to promote longevity.          amazing health benefits and
While scientific research continues to add to our knowledge about how the health and life-                life-enhancing properties.
enhancing properties of Chaga work, it is in peoples’ real-life experiences that we are most likely to
find the best evidence of what Chaga can do for us.

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