Chaga

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Chaga

 

a fungus of the family Polyporaceae that develops as a growth on the trunks of trees, mainly birch. Befungin, an extract of chaga, is used for the treatment of certain gastrointestinal diseases and is administered as a tonic. It sometimes alleviates the condition of patients with malignant tumors.

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