There is an interesting tale of a researcher who was studying the role Chaga plays in fighting disease and discovered an interesting story. It is the tale of Russians peasants who drank Chaga mushroom tea because they could not afford coffee. They just picked the Chaga from the birch trees in the forest, so they were free. By drinking this homemade change tea regularly, these peasants unwittingly treated themselves of cancer and other ailments. The researcher did not find any single person afflicted with cancer in this place.
The capacity of this mushroom to stop cancer cells was given prominence in the book written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, entitled "Cancer Ward". In the book he told how some acquaintances of his were cured of cancer by drink Chaga tea that they made from mushrooms growing on the local birch trees.
Partly because of this book, medical research and studies were done to validate the mushroom's ability to fight pathogens. There are now many studies that have discovered the chemical substances that give Chaga its potent healing powers. The main active ingredients were found to be polysaccharides – or mushroom carbohydrates, betulinic acid, other phytochemicals, flavinoids, phenols and many nutritional elements.
These substances were tested against many types of cancer and the results were positive. The experiments found that there are antioxidants in the mushroom that can stop the growth of cancer cells but do not harm normal cells. There are also antiviral agents in Chaga that can inhibit the growth of viruses connected with HIV/AIDS. Experiments done in Germany have confirmed that Chaga mushroom is effective against HIV/AIDS. Out of all the medicinal mushrooms, Chaga is considered the best, due to its large quantities of antioxidants and phytochemicals. This fact is validated by the chemical analysis done on this mushroom and the other kinds of mushrooms used medicinally.
Still, it is better to prevent diseases than to treat them. In this context, taking Chaga tea regularly will ward off any kind of disease that may attack you. Aside from Chaga’s ability to treat cancer and HIV/AIDS, you can also use this product in strengthening your immune system. Just be sure that the mushroom tea you are taking comes from the Siberian region. They are the best because of the perfect combination of soil minerals and climate conditions in that area.