Chaga and Cancer
What Role Can Chaga Play In Cancer Treatment?
Cancer has been one of the most devastating of all diseases that has plagued mankind in recent decades. The
medical and pharmaceutical industries have been searching for a cancer cure for a very long time, and yet this
disease is still wreaking havoc in the lives of millions of people around the world.
That’s a pity, because some Russian peasants in Northern Russia, without them ever knowing it, were able to lick
this monster of a disease by consuming a natural product, chaga mushroom, growing in their birch forests. Medical
researchers were not able to find any medical record of even a single person suffering from cancer in this part of
What Is Chaga and Where Does It Originate?
Chaga is a parasitic mushroom that grows on the
trunks of birch trees. They are found in the forests of the Siberian regions of Northern Russia, Northern and
Eastern Europe, North Korea and North Carolina in the United States.
These mushrooms contain significant amounts of potent substances which are effective in eradicating pathogens
and strengthening the body’s immune system. Chaga mushrooms acquire these powerful substances from the birch
trees to which they have attached themselves.
These chemical substances are originally contained in the white bark and trunks of birch trees and the mushrooms
assimilate these substances to live and grow. In fact, when these mushrooms become mature and are harvested, which
is typically within a 20-year time period, the birch tree also dies because all of its nutrients were
already used up by the mushroom.
Our modern world would not have known this beneficial product if not for the famed Russian author Alexander
Solzhenitsyn. In his book, “The Cancer Ward”, he mentioned how some of the characters in his book were cured of cancer
by consuming Chaga tea brewed from Chaga mushrooms.
Chemical Components of Chaga That Can Kill Cancer Cells
After 20 long years of assimilating all the substances of birch trees, Chaga mushrooms are already ripe for
harvesting. At this stage, these mushrooms are a veritable powerhouse of chemical substances that can eradicate
cancer cells and other harmful pathogens. Here is a list of the most potent chemical compounds contained in Chaga
and how they can help with cancer treatment.
• Polysaccharides/beta glucans – these substances are the main active ingredient of Chaga. They are
actually special mushroom carbohydrates. Their role is to increase energy levels, boost liver, digestive and
brain functions, which usually results in the enhancement of the sense of well-being of a person.
• Betulinic acid – this substance is converted by the mushroom from the betulin substance found in the
trunks and bark of the white birch tree. Research studies have confirmed that this substance can kill cancer
cells without affecting healthy cells. Betulinic acid can also inhibit the activity of topoisomerase – an
enzyme that controls the over-winding and under-winding of DNA strands. Coupled with the action of
polysaccharides, betulinic acid can be effectively used as a dietary supplement that will promote good
• Melanin – this is an effective antioxidant and it is responsible for Chaga’s reputation of having the
highest antioxidant levels of all natural substances.
• Other chemical compounds contained in Chaga which can help fight diseases and boost the immune system
include several phytosterols such as lanosterols and inotodiols.
Beneficial Qualities of Chaga That Can Be Used In Fighting Cancer
To remain healthy, our body should have the right amounts of super oxide dismutase (or SOD). The problem is the
amount of SOD in our system decreases as we get older. We need to keep this level up or we could succumb to all
kinds of diseases. Chaga contains huge amounts of SOD. It has more antioxidant capabilities than mega doses of
vitamins C, E, A, co-enzyme Q10, bioflavinoids, grape extracts, spirulina, essential oils and beta carotene. Other
types of mushrooms contain 1,400 to 1,500 SOD. Chaga has more than 35,000 SOD.
Another quality of Chaga that can be an advantage in the fight against cancer is that it absorbs free radicals
before they can do damage to our cells. In addition, this mushroom contains 25 times more antioxidants than the
antioxidant contents of other varieties of medicinal mushrooms.
To validate this fact, we need to look at Chaga’s ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating. Clove oil
has the highest ORAC score of all essential oils which is 10,786,875 per 1 ml serving. Chaga has 4 times than that
amount, per 1 ml or 1 gram of serving.
From the above information, we can safely say that Chaga can be useful in the fight against cancer. But this
is not to say that cancer patients should forego their conventional cancer treatments and use Chaga instead. Some
medical practitioners say that the better approach is to use Chaga as an adjunct to the cancer treatments which are
now being used.