Birch Polypore - Fomitopsis betulina
Birch polypore is one of those mushrooms with lots of benefits. Not only does it contain the polysaccharides typical for all mushrooms, but it also has other beneficial compounds that it absorbs from the birch tree that it grows on.
For this reason, it has some effects very similar to those of the legendary chaga mushroom which also grows on birches.
It has been used as a tonic for the immune system, as an antiseptic to clean wounds and promote healing, a plaster that is microporus, antifungal and antiseptic and probably was used by Bronze Age man to get rid of parasitic worms.
With modern research it is becoming clear that the Birch Polypore is an important mushroom to look into, tests have been carried out and so far found the following.
Antiviral. In tests extracts from the Birch Polypore blocked reproduction in HIV cells, attacked and incapacitated encephalitis infections and has proved positive in treating flu, yellow fever and West Nile flu.
Antibiotic. The Birch Polypore contains the antibiotic piptamine which has been used to treat e-coli
Anti inflammatory. There are several triterpene acids present and these are known anti inflammatories.
Anti Tumor. Betulinic acid and other chemicals in the fungi have been shown to cause apoptosis, the destruction of cancer cells while not affecting healthy cells.
Antiseptic. For cleaning wounds and being an aid to healing.
Antifungal. This mushroom does not like to share its habitat with other mushrooms and contains some powerful antifungals.
Stiptic. The fungus has stiptic properties (it staunches bleeding).
This tincture is Triple extracted with purified water(hot and ice) and Organic ethanol(1:2 ratio), which means that it has gone through three processes of extraction to get the powerful compounds from the mushroom.
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