Review on Chaga Medicinal Mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Higher Basidiomycetes): Realm of Medicinal Applications and Approaches on Estimating its Resource Potential

Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015;17(2):95-104. doi: 10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.v17.i2.10.


This paper presents a review of the realm of medicinal applications of Inonotus obliquus raw materials, sterile conks I. obliquus, based on the bibliographies of chemical studies of the fungus. The experimental part of the paper is devoted to the presentation of methods of estimating the resource potential of this fungus based on data obtained in the comfort zone of ththis species. A new form, I. obliquus f. sterilis, is formally described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agaricales
  • Basidiomycota / chemistry*
  • Biological Products / pharmacology
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*


  • Biological Products