Is there such a thing as an all-natural HIV treatment? Yes, if you believe the recent report published by a group of Russian Scientists. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Europe wrote about their study earlier this week. According to the scientists at the Vector research institute in Siberia, there are three types of medicinal mushrooms in the region that can be developed into antiviral medicines.
In addition to HIV, which is the virus causing AIDS, strains of certain mushrooms had a strong antiviral effect against influenza and smallpox as well.
Chaga and HIV – a perfect match
Researches claim that the most effective medicinal mushroom in their test was Chaga. Chaga grows on birch trees and is available in North America as a dietary supplement.
According to the WSJ report, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York says on its website that “no clinical trials have been conducted to assess Chaga’s safety and efficacy for disease prevention or for the treatment of cancer.”
Well, not so fast, Memorial Sloan-Kettering! We highly recommend that you visit National Institutes of Health’s PubMed database to find out about Chaga-related research. Yes, it may be accurate that there have not yet been large human clinical trials demonstrating efficacy, but there is plenty of research that suggests that Chaga medicinal mushroom can fight cancer by slowing cancer growth.
Chaga Anti-Cancer Effects Proven By a European Study
In fact, a study done at the Institute of Agricultural Medicine in Lublin, Poland demonstrated its anticancer properties. Chaga extract was tested on a variety of cancer cell cultures. They tested the most common and deadliest cancers, lung and colon cancers. The researchers used human lung and colon cancers cells. Result? Chaga decreased the proliferation of cancerous tumor cells and did not produce any toxicity on the non-cancerous cells.
Read the original article here: http://medicinalmushroominfo.com/chaga-medicinal-mushroom-has-anticancer-effects/
So, while Memorial-Sloan Kettering may be technically correct, it also creates an impression – either intentionally or unintentionally – that Chaga does not have any significant impact on cancer. Considering that cancer is a huge business, we do not expect natural compounds, such as Chaga, to become widely promoted by any commercial healthcare organizations or especially pharmaceutical companies, as they cannot be patented. Due to this, they remain inexpensive compared to extremely expensive cancer therapies. Yesterday, we published a story on how to brew Chaga Tea.
The statement by the Russian scientists says they intend to use the mushrooms to produce medicines. We ask: will Western medicine lose its competitive edge as other countries start conducting more research on inexpensive and natural treatments instead of maximizing shareholder value in pharmaceutical companies?
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