Chaga Murshroom - Inonotus obliquus
This mushroom has been used for at least several hundred years in Russia and Eastern Europe and is well known and used extensively by indigenous people of northern Canada, Europe and Siberia. In Russia an extract of Chaga is known as befungin and is an approved medicine.
Known for its anti-cancer properties and immunomodulating qualities it has been heavily researched. It is known to increase survival rates of test animals. Growing mostly on birch trees it contains betulin and inotodiol, that have shown promise in leukemia models. Employed as an antioxidant it is starting to get quite a reputation. Chaga can be used as an anti-inflammatory reducing pain sensation. Blood sugar regulating properties have also been noticed for this mushroom.