Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, has been used as a folk remedy in Russia and Siberia since the 16th century. It is traditionally grated into a fine powder and used to brew a beverage resembling coffee or tea.
Laboratory studies on extract of chaga mushroom have indicated possible future potential in cancer therapy, as an antioxidant, in immunotherapy, and as an anti-inflammatory. For medicinal use, an extract is needed to make the active components available to humans.
For more on this interesting ‘mushroom’ go to my blog page: www.distanthillgardens.org/2013/11/20/life-on-distant-hil...