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Siberian 16th century 'babushka remedy' can combat HIV and other viruses - claim

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 September 2013

Mushrooms growing on millions of our birch trees are 'promising' for further research, say Siberian scientists.

'We conducted research and for the first time we selected 82 strains of 33 types of fungi growing in South West Siberia,' said a spokesman for Vector. Pictured: Victor researches, via Gamma Grupp 

Researchers from the world famous Vector Institute near Novosibirsk have developed three types of mushroom which can be successfully used in antiviral medicines, it is reported. The claims spread around the world on Wednesday after being highlighted by The Wall Street Journal Online's Emerging Europe blog.

'Strains of these mushrooms demonstrated low toxicity and a strong antiviral effect' against influenza, smallpox and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, said a statement from the scientists at Vector, a research base set up in the Cold War which today conducts pioneering work on deadly viruses, including those causing smallpox.

Tests have established that the Chaga mushroom - often found on birch trees - is the most effective, said reports.

'We conducted research and for the first time we selected 82 strains of 33 types of fungi growing in South West Siberia,' said a spokesman for Vector. 

'Chaga fungi strains - which are so well known around Siberia - showed the widest spectrum of antiviral activity.'

Siberian 16th century 'babushka remedy' can combat HIV and other viruses - claim

Vector virology centre

Clockwise: oyster, chaga and polypore fungi; below, Novosibirsk State Centre of Virology and Biotechnology. Picture: Naukogradpress.ru 

Siberian grannies knew this many centuries ago, long before the discovery by modern science where collecting mushrooms is an annual ritual for many families. Our 'medical consultant' Babushka Dusya from Altai said: 'I could have told them this long ago. So could my granny.'

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's play 'Cancer Ward' - published 46 years ago - refers to Chaga's cancer uses in combating cancer. 

'It's a promising line of development,' according to the Vector experts.  

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York said 'no clinical trials have been conducted to assess Chaga's safety and efficacy for disease prevention or for the treatment of cancer,' said the Dow Jones Global Equities News.

'A little known mushroom is establishing a solid reputation in medical circles as a powerful defence against cancer,' reported naturalnews.com last year.

'Although relatively unheard of in mainstream media, the Chaga mushroom has been used in folk medicine for generations. Research has shown Chaga to be extremely effective in protecting cellular DNA from damaging free radicals. It also has anti-tumour and immune stimulating benefits.

'Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a fungus that grows on birch and other hardwood trees. The variety that is found on birch is believed to be the most potent because of its high concentration of betulinic acid which is toxic to cancer cells. 

'Chaga is unusual in the mushroom world as it resembles porous wood and is black and hard - similar to lumpy charcoal. Natives of China, Siberia, Finland, Japan, Poland, and North America have all recognised Chaga's importance for centuries. 

'Russian author and Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn is given credit for introducing Chaga to the West where the principal character in his novel Cancer Ward is cured of his illness by the mushroom.'

Comments (8)

Chaga grows in trees therefore cannot be patented. Cancer treatment (not cure) is over 1 TRILLION dollars business. Hopefully our researchers friends in Russia will not sell their findings and rights, and hopefully this potential natural cure for many diseases will not be suppressed or delayed like all other non patentable natural plants, herbs, etc. If you know where one can buy the best strains,tinctures, extracts, etc. of the Chaga mushroom for HIV and Cancer, please contact me at nostradamus97015@yahoo.com
Nostradamus, Portland, USA
16/10/2013 05:38
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The Western Medicine System is EVIL because is profit driven, and sometimes in the future it would be hopefully regarded as a mass murder criminal act more evil than the Holocaust. If clinical trials for a natural remedy known for centuries is so important, then how come no trials or tests were done whatsoever before most stores and restaurants in the US started selling Genetically Modified foods made by Monsanto and others? GMO's have been found to cause tumors, are used as animal feed, they change animal genetic code, and we the people have our genetic code changed by eating these animals and other GMO fruits, vegetables, etc.
Nostradamus, Portland, USA
16/10/2013 05:38
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Well, this was so predictable:"The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York said 'no clinical trials have been conducted to assess Chaga's safety and efficacy for disease prevention or for the treatment of cancer,' ..this schizophrenic like, broken record sentence coming from the big profit medical establishments, which are in bed with AMA, BigPharma, etc. is starting to hurt my years very bad. They don't give a @#$@ about people dying, and they make a ton of money by prolonging people's agonies with patented synthetic poisons.
Nostradamus, Portland, USA
16/10/2013 05:37
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Thank you! Its great to read about "our" Siberia, in English (I am a little slower in Russian). My question in light of this very revealing article is WHY is there still so much cancer and AIDS around (to mention two), in the world today and even in Russia? Surely by now the qualities of these plants/fungi and years of experimenting or observing could have delivered more widespread cures and treatments! I understand that it has taken a long time for medical science (especially in the west) to take note of old traditional remedies but surely something could have been done sooner! Look forward to more from the Siberian Times!
Donna, Novosibirsk
27/09/2013 11:22
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Chaga, the tinder fungus, used by flint and steel fire makers to catch a spark. It is said to be the best natural tinder and used by mountainman reenactors regularly.
fred, calif,USA
23/09/2013 07:11
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The Chaga in the picture doesn't look like chaga. I'm pretty sure it's a ordinary burl.
Veli-Matti, Helsinki
23/09/2013 05:46
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this is nothing new. the Chinese have been using these mushrooms for healing for centuries. Good to know that they also grow elsewhere.


we pick them all the time here in the US.
Ildiko, Vermont, USA
20/09/2013 06:39
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so much has been said about the remedies of all kinds, when will it finally appear, at least one? I don't care what it will be made of, mushrooms, berries, leaves, and which part of the world it will come from, as long as it works!
Micael, Romania
19/09/2013 23:32
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