Friday, May 31, 2013

Siberian Chaga Mushroom - Herbal Therapy and Side Effects

Siberian Chaga mushroom is a famous Russian folk remedy used to prevent and treat cancer since ancient times. It was noticed that where people used to drink chaga tea instead of ordinary tea the cases of cancers were very rare.

There is a lot of information on internet already about chaga mushroom. I would like to talk about how chaga mushroom is used in cancer treatment, prevention and recovery from chemotherapy and if there are any side effects and counter indications.

Herbal therapy and Chaga Mushroom

Herbal therapy is widely used in oncology as a support for medical treatment of cancer and recovery after the chemotherapy. It reinforces the therapeutic effect of different medications. Chaga mushroom is one of those herbal remedies that is best used as a support for anti tumor therapy.

Siberian chaga mushroom is a powerful treatment on its own but its properties can also be enhanced with other herbs, all of them are anti cancer active as well.

They are:

- Sweet flag

- Calendula flowers

- St. John's wort

- Plantain

These herbs can be simply brewed as tea in equal proportions. You can add 2 teaspoons of chaga decoction to them and drink it 3-4 times a day.

It is worthwhile to mention that the following herbs are used for treatment of cancers of gastrointestinal tract and abdominal cavity:

- Yarrow (grass)

- Rose hips (fruit)

- Wormwood (grass)

- Licorice root

- Pine buds

These herbs can be used with the following recipe:

Soak all ingredients for 1 hour in water (1 part of dry herbs and 10 parts of water). Boil it. Then use a method called "water bath" - put a bowl or a saucepan with concoction in an another saucepan with boiling water and keep it there on a very low heat for 2 hours. Remove from the heating and leave it for 24 hrs. Strain, add a little bit of honey and apple vinegar, mix it all. Store the mixture in the fridge and take 1 tea spoon 30 min before food 3 times a day. Use it for 2 weeks as an extra support for treatment with chaga mushroom.

It is important to follow the dose and time instructions as the side effects can occur. First of all there can be an allergy on herbs.

Also there is an evidence of successful chaga treatment used together with a decoction of red berries of guilder-rose.

It can be used in treatment of stomach and duodenum cancer.

As a general rule there are 2 methods of chaga therapy. First methods is to use it for 3 months with short breaks (for a week) and another one is to use it for short periods but many times in long term within a year.

The first method reveals quicker results but the second scheme is used to consolidate the results of treatment and to prevent metastases.

Counter Indications:

There are some limitations you have to remember if you consider chaga treatment. It is important to stick to them for better results.

Do not use chaga therapy if you:

- take glucose intravenously

- take antibiotics especially penicillin related

- have dysentery and chronic colitis

One thing that must be seriously considered during chaga mushroom therapy is sticking to a vegetarian diet. You have to limit your meat intake and completely avoid all animal fats, smoked food, spicy and canned food.


Y. Zaharov. Cancer and Herbs: prevention and treatment, 2006

V. Vishnev. Mastopathy: Salubrious Herbs of Motherland, 2004

M. Polevaya. Chaga. Cancer can be defeated!, 2005

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