#3 – Chaga

This was something I had no knowledge of whatsoever.  My sister was speaking with her neighbor one day and mentioned my husband’s cancer.  The neighbor happens to have a daughter that just recently attended and graduated as a doctor of homeopathy.  As a result I was given a vial with a chaga tincture in it.  My sister told me that chaga had been proven to have some results with respect to breast cancer, but encouraged me to research it’s efficacy relating to lung cancer.  Up until my sister handed me the vial i had no knowledge of this product.  So I started my research.

This natural product (known in some instances as a tree mushroom)  has been widely used for years by Europeans and Native Americans (Scientific Name: Inonotus Obliquus). It grows on the birch tree. It is believed to be an immune system booster, assist in reducing inflammation in the body, support a healthy liver function as well as fight viruses.  There doesn’t appear to be many clinical trials that support these claims, however, the use of chaga for medicinal purposes dates back hundreds if not thousands of years.

When I looked at some of the medical community generated sites they caution about administering chaga to a patient that could be on chemotherapy or using blood thinning products.  Needless to say, we are in the midst of chemotherapy right now.  I will continue to research this product to get more answers. 

Just sharing what I have found so far to those who are interested and want to research this further.

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