Chaga mushroom has been a component of Russian folk medicine since the 16th century. It was traditionally used to treat stomach and lung cancers and for other ailments including but not limited to gastritis, ulcers, colitis, and various other inflammatory conditions.
The active ingredients in Chaga have been identified to be sterols, triterpenes, saponins, and polysaccharides. Of the triterpene group, inotodiol seems to be the most active. Another component found in Chaga is Betulin which is absorbs and concentrates from the birch trees that it is commonly found to grow on. Betulin can easily be converted to Betulinic acid which has been shown to possess a wide spectrum of biological activities.
Japanese research has also shown that Chaga demonstrates anti-viral activity and may be beneficial against HIV replication.
Chaga mushroom has marked immuno-stimulatory activity and should be considered by anyone seeking super immunity and longevity.