Chaga Mushroom has latin name: Inonotus obliquus. It is a fungus in Hymenochaetaceae family. It is parasitic on trees. It has an irregular form and looks like burnt charcoal. Chaga Murhsoom is not the fruiting body of the fungus, but a mass of mycelium, mostly black because of large amounts of melanin.
Chaga mushrooms grow in the forests of Northern Siberia, Northern China, and Northern Japan etc. In Russia, it is highly prized by herbalists. Russian literatures also records the modern clinical research which validates the health benefits.
Chaga Mushroom is hailed as "King of the Medicinal Mushrooms", and "diamond of forest". It has a long history of human consumption in Eastern Europe as a general tonic to promote longevity and wellness and to fight disease. It has been especially useful in promoting healthy immune response, warding off viruses and colds, and maintaining healthy skin and hair.
Chaga mushroom contains the beta glucan rich polysaccharides. In addition it has other active compounds, for example betulinic acids, which gives Chaga mushroom powerful anti-oxidant properties.