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Chaga Mushroom Fruit Bodies 100ml bottle
Each 1ml/20 drops contains a traditionally prepared hot water extract of Inonotus obliquus/Chaga fruit bodies, equivalent to 250mg of dried Chaga, in a base of vegetable glycerine 70%.
This product does not contain mycelia or growing medium, only whole fruit bodies.
Direction for Use:
For general purpose take 20 drops/1ml in a little cold water, three times a day. It can also be added to food, juices, smoothies, sauces etc. It can be added to hot or cold water. It is perfectly safe to increase or decrease the amount you take daily. Children may take the same amount.
The Chaga is cultivated in China.
THE MUSHROOM GLYCERITES
Over the last few years it seems as though companies involved in producing mushroom supplements have been engaged in an “arms race” of sorts, with each company trying to outdo the other in terms of how many beta-glucans or other of the important constituents of mushrooms end up in their supplements. The problem with this “pharmaceutical” approach to herbal extracts is that you end up with standardised or concentrated extracts that bear little similarity to the whole natural herb. You end up with a pharmaceutical!
This approach distracts us from the fact that these mushrooms have thousands of years of use; their reputations growing way beyond other herbs and medicines. Reishi for example, has been practically worshipped thanks to its reliability and effectiveness. All this incredible history was not based on pharmaceutical extraction or concentrating and isolating active components…it was based on simply making tea from them! Boiling them in water, simple hot water extraction.
So, what we have done with our extracts is to take a step back in time, to traditional methods using whole mushroom fruiting bodies cultivated on organic substrate. Our mushrooms are extracted by the traditional hot water extract and then mixed into a base of vegetable glycerine. Deliberately moving away from pharmaceutically manipulated extracts and back to whole, food state mushroom extracts, as it was done for centuries.
Chaga is found widely in the forests of Eastern Europe and Russia as well as the northern forests of Europe, the US and Canada. In areas of Russia and Poland it has been used as a traditional medicine for a range of serious conditions and as a general preventative for various illnesses since at least the 12th century. It is held in such high esteem by some groups of indigenous peoples of Siberia, such as the Khanty people, that they see it as a miraculous cure all, even incorporating it into normal daily rituals. Chaga even got a mention in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1967 semi-autobiographical novel, “The Cancer Ward”. This book was probably the springboard for Chaga’s introduction to western Europe from the east.
During the 1950’s Chaga became an official medicine in Russia, and it still exists there as the product Befungin.
The active components of Chaga once again include triterpenoids and beta-glucans and it is thought the chaga actually takes some of its active chemicals from the trees it grows on. It has historically been used for its immune system stimulating effects, called upon to treat all sorts of infections and more serious conditions that could benefit from a ramped up immune system.
Our Chaga is once again cultivated on wood to simulate its natural environment.