Timeline 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- West. 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 compounds. 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. You can visit www.mychaga.com to learn more about Chaga - the Premier Anti-aging Supplement for the Wellness Revolution.
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