Long before modern hospitals came into shape across the globe, the ancient societies used herbs and other natural remedies to treat their sick from most of the diseases they faced. In fact, they had remedies for all types of diseases. Among the diseases that presented a headache to treat were such ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, and others. One disease that presented a notorious problem was cancer. However, among the remedies that were found was Inonotus Obliquus or commonly known as chaga mushroom (a Latinisation of the Russian term ‘чага’) is a mushroom that typically grows on birch trees in colder climates across the Northern Hemisphere, is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and has the appearance of burnt charcoal. It is not the fruiting body of the fungus, but a sclerotia or mass of mycelium, mostly black because of the presence of massive amounts of melanin. The fertile fruiting body can be found very rarely as a resupinate (crustose) fungus on or near the clinker, usually appearing after the host tree is dead.
With its high level of Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity, the Chaga mushroom is the best in combating free radicals in the body. The free radicals are the reason the cancer cells’ growth. The Chaga mushroom and its extracts work by reducing the amount of free radicals in the body through destroying them adsorbing them for their expulsion from the body. For this reason, Chaga is used in most cancer-fighting medicines such as the ones used in chemotherapy. Other foods recommended include this mushroom and its extracts as one need to be prepared against the disease before it strikes. Prevention, as they often say, is better than cure.
As one of the most effective antioxidants that occur naturally, the Chaga has been widely used to prevent oxide damage on cells and tissues in the body. Chaga mushroom has high levels of the Superoxide Dismutase enzyme which works by reducing the effects of oxidation processes in the body. If one’s body is subjected to too much of the effects of oxide damage, they are likely to develop some problems among them the development of dead areas in the body tissues. One ought to remember that having dead and poorly aerated areas in the body makes them the perfect areas to develop cancer cells.