Mi bebe no caga: ¿Qué hacer cuando el bebé no hace caca?

Mi bebe no caga: ¿Qué hacer cuando el bebé no hace caca?

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Cuando el bebé tiene problemas para hacer caca, muchas familias recurren a los trucos de la abuela para poder solucionar el problema, pero ojo, no todos esos remedios son verdaderamente útiles y, además, algunos pueden ser perjudiciales.

Lo primero que hay que saber es que el recién nacido hace su primera caca a las 24-48 horas de vida: se llama meconio y es de color negro. A partir de ahí el bebé lactante comienza con deposiciones frecuentes de un color más amarillo y las hacen varias veces al día, algunos después de cada toma, otros unas 4 o 5 al día, depende del niño. Los bebés que toman biberón hacen cacas menos frecuentes y más oscuras. Pero, ¿cuándo se puede hablar de estreñimiento? ¿Cuándo es preocupante?

¿Por qué el bebé no hace caca? Cuáles pueden ser las causas

Vamos a empezar por definir qué se considera estreñimiento: “El estreñimiento a cualquier edad se define por una dificultad para hacer deposiciones, que se hacen duras y producen dolor. En los niños pequeños, el estreñimiento es un motivo de consulta frecuente y, en la mayoría de los casos, obedece a causas fisiológicas, siendo parte del proceso madurativo normal del niño y de su sistema digestivo”, explica la Dra. Mª Jesús Pascual, jefa de servicio de pediatría del Hospital Vithas Madrid Aravaca.

Otra duda frecuente es si el tipo de leche que toma el bebé influye más o menos en ese posible estreñimiento, y la razón, lógicamente, es que sí: “Es más frecuente en lactantes alimentados con fórmulas artificiales, por las propias características de las mismas, con mayor producción de jabones cálcicos, que hacen que las heces de estos niños sean más duras que los alimentados con lactancia materna. Así mismo, al inicio de la alimentación complementaria, por el propio cambio de alimentación y el reajuste de líquidos en el niño, es otro momento en el cual el lactante puede presentar un estreñimiento funcional”, aclara Pascual.

Cuándo debemos preocuparnos y qué puede ser normal

Que el niño tenga días o etapas en las que tiene más problemas para hacer caca puede ser totalmente normal, por lo que hay que saber cuándo hay signos de alerta para hablar de estreñimiento real: “El ritmo intestinal de cada niño es diferente y varía en función del tipo de lactancia, desde una deposición tras cada toma, llegando a hacer 6-7 deposiciones al día en niños con lactancia materna, 1-2 deposiciones al día en niños lactados con fórmula artificial, hasta deposiciones en días alternos o cada 4-5 días, e incluso más. No es la frecuencia lo que define el estreñimiento, sino la consistencia de las mismas, siendo normal las deposiciones líquidas o blandas, aunque estas se produzcan cada 3-4 días. Tampoco es estreñimiento ese esfuerzo que hacen algunos lactantes, previo a la deposición, también conocido como diquezia del lactante. Hablamos de estreñimiento cuando las deposiciones son duras en el lactante o en el niño pequeño y producen dolor e incomodidad. En ocasiones, puede acompañarse de pérdida de apetito. Ocasionalmente, el esfuerzo puede provocar una fisura y producir pequeñas cantidades de sangre roja alrededor de la deposición y, en esos casos, debemos ponerlo en conocimiento del pediatra para que valore la necesidad de tratamiento” asegura la Dra. Pascual.

Hay, además, otros síntomas que pueden dar la voz de alerta para buscar ayuda médica inmediata: “La existencia de vómitos, fiebre o mal estado general como síntomas acompañantes en casos de estreñimiento deben alertarnos y hacernos acudir a un servicio de urgencias”, advierte la experta.

Cómo podemos ayudar al bebé para que haga caca

Como decíamos, hay consejos que podemos aplicar para ayudar al bebé a hacer caca, pero no vale cualquier práctica que hayamos oído comentar: siempre es necesario que sean pautas ofrecidas por expertos: “La mayoría de las veces no hay que hacer nada, sobre todo cuando las deposiciones no son duras y simplemente hablamos de ritmos intestinales diferentes en los niños. En algunos casos, y dada la postura habitual del lactante, mayoritariamente tumbado con los pies en alto, pueden ser útiles los masajes abdominales o los ejercicios con las piernas para favorecer la expulsión de las heces”, aconseja Pascual.

Además, hay algunas medidas efectivas o tratamientos para combatir el estreñimiento del bebé, como estos que apunta la jefa de pediatría del Hospital Vithas Madrid Aravaca:

· Mantener la lactancia materna, ya que es el alimento ideal para el lactante sano en los primeros 6 meses de vida.

· Ofrecer agua mineral entre tomas en días de mucho calor o en el inicio de la alimentación complementaria puede ayudar con el reajuste de líquidos.

· A partir de los 4 meses de vida se puede ofrecer también zumo de naranja natural en cuchara a lo largo del día.

· No se debe diluir los biberones, siendo importante mantener la relación de 30 cc por cacito de polvo durante la lactancia.

· En casos seleccionados, y siempre a criterio de su pediatra, el lactante precisará de tratamiento con laxantes durante los periodos de tiempo necesarios o pomadas rectales, en el caso de fisura anal.

· No se recomiendan los supositorios y enemas de manera sistemática para no interferir con el aprendizaje del niño del hábito defecatorio.

· No se recomiendan los cambios de fórmulas de manera indiscriminada y sin prescripción pediátrica.

Cristina Cantudo
Periodista especializada en parenting y familia, educación y salud.

¿Cómo hacer que el bebé haga caca? – Enfamil España

Las deposiciones del bebé son uno de los temas primordiales al hablar de la nutrición del pequeño. No solo es importante saber qué come el bebé, también es fundamental conocer cómo digiere la comida que toma a diario y cómo es su caca. A menudo, el bebé no hace caca, ya que, por mucho que quiera, no le sale. Esto puede suponer una experiencia complicada para los padres, especialmente cuando es la primera vez que se enfrentan a este problema.

En este artículo te vamos a explicar todo lo que debes saber sobre cómo hacer que tu bebé haga caca con la mayor normalidad posible.

¿Cómo hacer que el bebé haga caca?

Es probable que, en alguna que otra ocasión, te preguntes qué hacer si mi bebé no hace caca y cómo ayudarlo. Por ejemplo, porque tu bebé no hace caca muy a menudo. Independientemente del motivo, existen algunas técnicas para ayudar al bebé a hacer “popo”, como dar masajes en la tripa haciendo movimientos circulares en el sentido de las agujas del reloj [1]. También puedes presionar levemente durante unos segundos debajo del ombligo del bebé o flexionar sus piernas para presionar el esfínter y que así salga más fácilmente.  

¿Es “bueno” obligar al bebé a que haga caca?

Es posible que, en un momento determinado, tu bebé comience a aguantar las ganas de hacer caca, lo que significa que estará varios días sin hacer sus deposiciones. ¿Lo obligamos en este caso a hacer caca? Si tu bebé no tiene ningún problema intestinal, será mejor no obligar al pequeño a hacer caca, ya que puede coger miedo.

En el caso de que tu bebé tenga problemas intestinales para hacer caca, sí que sería recomendable ayudarle, siempre bajo supervisión del pediatra.

Trucos para ayudar al bebé a que haga “popó”

Los bebés suelen cambiar su forma de hacer popó al cambiar la alimentación. Por ello, a partir de los 6 meses cuando comenzamos a darles alimentación complementaria es importante cuidar bien cuáles son los alimentos que le damos, ya que algunos pueden causar estreñimiento. ¿Qué hacer en estos casos? Intenta organizar una dieta rica en fibra y agua para que las heces se vuelvan más blandas y puedan salir más fácilmente.

Si tu bebé no hace caca, otro de los trucos efectivos para ayudarlo es realizarle masajes relajantes en la tripa, como ya hemos apuntado. Al realizar el masaje, estaremos ayudando a bajar el alimento por su sistema digestivo. Esto es muy útil para los bebés que aún están en proceso de lactancia materna exclusiva.

La actividad constante hace que el sistema digestivo se acelere, por lo que jugar también puede ser un buen truco para ayudar al bebé a que haga “popó”.

Mi bebé aprieta, pero no hace caca, ¿qué pasa?

Ver a un bebé intentar hacer caca y no poder es algo común. El pequeño intentará hacer caca y apretará hasta ponerse rojo, pero la caca seguirá sin salir. Esta situación puede desesperar a los padres, puesto que el bebé llorará constantemente y de forma intensa porque no puede hacer caca.

En estos casos, es posible que el bebé esté sufriendo de disquecia, un trastorno que suele confundirse con el estreñimiento.

¿Disquecia del bebé o estreñimiento?

A menudo se suelen confundir la disquecia del bebé con el estreñimiento, pero no son lo mismo. El estreñimiento sucede cuando las heces se vuelven duras y secas, por lo que el bebé no puede expulsarlas de forma normal. En cambio, en el caso de la disquecia, las heces son normales, pero el bebé no consigue expulsarlas [2].

Qué es la disquecia del lactante

La disquecia ocurre cuando el cuerpo del bebé está descoordinado entre lo que quiere hacer y lo que realmente hace. Es decir, cuando el bebé necesita hacer caca pero no puede porque el cuerpo no responde a ello. Este fallo de coordinación de los músculos suele ser habitual en bebés que acaban de nacer, ya que el cuerpo aún está en proceso de maduración [2].

¿Por qué le ocurre esto al bebé? Porque aún no ha aprendido a relajar el esfínter. Hay que tener en cuenta que el esfínter se encuentra cerrado de forma natural. Algunos bebés tardan un poco más en aprender a relajarlo. Por ello, se solucionará de forma natural cuando el bebé aprenda a controlar su esfínter.

Estreñimiento en bebés, ¿cuándo se considera que lo tiene?

El estreñimiento en bebés ocurre cuando este, a pesar de que lo intenta, no puede hacer caca debido a que sus heces están muy duras y secas [3]. Es importante detectarlo y aliviarlo para mejorar bienestar del bebé. Para más detalles, no te pierdas este otro artículo sobre Cómo detectar y aliviar el estreñimiento en bebés.

Qué NO hacer para ayudar al bebé a hacer caca

A la hora de ayudar al bebé a hacer caca es fundamental tener en cuenta qué cosas no se deben hacer, como administrar laxantes al pequeño [4] o practicar la estimulación anal del bebé. En estos casos, siempre será mejor acudir al pediatra.

 

Más información sobre la caca del bebé

En el Club Enfamamá tenemos más información sobre la nutrición del bebé y la caca del pequeño. Aquí te dejamos más información sobre el tema:

  • Cómo saber si la caca del bebé es normal
  • Cada cuánto debe hacer caca el bebé 

 

Referencias:

  1. Algueró.M., (12 de junio de 2018). Masaje para bebés con estreñimiento. Guiainfantil. Disponible en guiainfantil.com
  2. S., (20 de febrero de 2019). Cuando el bebé tiene disquecia del lactante y no estreñimiento. Guiainfantil. Disponible en guiainfantil.com
  3. (2016). Cacas de los bebés. Asociación Española de Pediatría. Disponible en enfamilia.aeped.es
  4. , (22 de julio de 2020). Estreñimiento en bebés y niños pequeños. Disponible en medlineplus.gov

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Advertencia importante: la lactancia materna proporciona la mejor nutrición a los bebés. El pediatra es el que mejor te puede asesorar sobe el cuidado y la alimentación de tu hijo, y sobre los alimentos que debes añadir a la dieta conforme va creciendo.

 

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Chaga mushroom: useful properties, uses and contraindications

The field of medical use of birch fungus is very wide and has long historical roots. Chaga was mentioned in his treatises by the famous Persian physician and philosopher Avicenna. It is known that Kyiv Prince Vladimir Monomakh greatly appreciated her, after he got rid of lip cancer with her help. Information about the treatment with chaga can be found in various reference books and folk medicine books of the 19th century and earlier sources. For powerful therapeutic qualities, she received many flattering nicknames: «God’s gift», «mushroom of immortality», «king of plants» and even «forest diamond».

It is scientifically established that taking chaga:

  • increases the body’s defense reactions
  • activates the metabolism in the brain tissue
  • improves the bioelectrical activity of the cerebral cortex
  • normalizes blood and venous blood pressure and reduces harmful cholesterol
  • blood

  • improves the outflow of bile and the functioning of the excretory system
  • promotes purification from toxins and harmful substances
  • slows down the growth rate and reduces the aggressiveness of neoplasms
  • eliminates inflammatory processes in the body
  • gives strength, adds energy.

Teas, decoctions and infusions of the fungus are recommended for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, to eliminate dyspeptic symptoms, gastritis and constipation.

Chaga has long been used as a symptomatic remedy for tumors of various localizations. It has been experimentally proven that it retards the growth of some malignant tumors.

Chaga infusion is used in otolaryngology and dentistry, as well as for the treatment of female and male ailments. It reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and cleanses the body of radioactive materials.

It is important to note that, like any superfood, birch chaga is non-toxic and has virtually no side effects, so it has almost no restrictions in use, except for a very rare individual intolerance.

Cancer prevention and control

Chaga is increasingly being studied as a potential anti-cancer agent. In 1958, scientists discovered a high concentration of biologically active substances that can adversely affect the development of tumor cells, slowing down the development of various types of cancer, especially breast, lung, liver and uterus.

In the early 1960s, Soviet scientists conducted a series of experiments on laboratory rats transplanted with cell cultures of sarcomas (small kidney tumors). In 31 out of 44 animals treated with chaga, the tumors resolved, while in the control group all rats died within 28-40 days. mid 19In the 1990s, the anti-cancer properties of birch fungus were confirmed by Japanese studies.

Indeed, tinder fungus contains active ingredients known to act on diseased cells. Infecting birch, chaga feeds on substances such as betulin and betulinic acid. These natural compounds found in birch sap are cytotoxic, meaning toxic to cancer cells.

Dense extract of birch fungus «Befungin» is recommended today by doctors of evidence-based medicine for patients with low stomach acidity and as a general tonic for tumor diseases. The use of this drug shows an objective improvement in the well-being of cancer patients, contributes to less metastasis, even despite the long duration of the disease.

It is known that for the treatment of leukemia, synthetic drugs are used that are identical in structure to territerrin and aminopterin, which have a vitotoxic effect. At the Lviv Medical Institute, a preparation containing pterins was obtained on the basis of a birch fungus. In animal experiments, it has been proven that it delays the formation of metastases in malignant neoplasms.

Studies conducted by various Korean universities on mice show how chaga inhibits tumor growth. It was found that at a very early stage, the fungus can stop the formation of a tumor and even cause its degradation.

In recent years, the efforts of scientists in the development of medicines from chaga have been marked by new successes. Thus, an in vitro study by the Polish Institute of Agricultural Medicine also proved the anti-cancer effect of chaga. In Poland, a drug was obtained in the form of an extract of chaga for intramuscular injection.

A study published in 2018 in the journal Ethnopharmacology showed that an alcoholic extract of chaga was able to induce apoptosis of lung cancer cells in all samples.

Despite the fact that there are not enough clinical studies confirming a complete cure for cancer with chaga, it has been established that it can bring relief to the patient even at the last stage, improving hematopoiesis and acting as an analgesic and general tonic.

Most importantly, birch fungus, due to its powerful antioxidant properties, is the best way to prevent cancer. It is known that in those regions where it is customary to drink chaga just like tea, the incidence of oncology is several times lower than in the rest of the population.

GI benefits

Chaga is a mushroom that has a beneficial effect on the digestive system. Thanks to fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, infusions, decoctions and teas from birch fungus improve digestion, increase intestinal motility. It is very effective for constipation, acts gently and confidently, normalizing the stool within a week after the start of regular intake.

It is known that chaga has long been used by the people for the treatment of cancer of the stomach, esophagus, liver and pancreas. Historical information and modern research by scientists increasingly confirm its positive effect in patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as gastritis, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, liver and biliary tract.

Tinder fungus reduces intestinal inflammation in ulcerative colitis, promotes the production of bile necessary for digestion of food, and protects the liver from lipid oxidation. Finally, beta-glucans stimulate beneficial bacteria in the gut by acting as prebiotics. Studies conducted by various Korean universities on rats show high hepatoprotective activity of chaga extract.

Immune system booster

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Chaga effectively strengthens the immune system. This is especially true for beta-glucans, polysaccharides also found in other medicinal mushrooms such as shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula Edodes). These long sugar molecules are known to stimulate the immune system by promoting the development of white blood cells (or white blood cells), including T-lymphocytes, the body’s natural killer cells. The beta-glucans in chaga also activate interleukin-6 (IL-6), a cytokine that promotes the production of antibodies to detect and neutralize pathogens.

Tinder fungus contains vitamins and microelements that strengthen the immune system. In particular, it is an excellent source of vitamin D (calciferol), which stimulates the defenses and modulates the immune response, and contains zinc, copper and selenium, which contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system.

One study conducted by Jeju National University in South Korea shows that adding chaga to food significantly improves the immune system and provides better resistance to disease.

This property of chaga is especially important for patients taking drugs that suppress the immune system, for example, for arthritis. Chaga helps support immunity without interfering with the work of immunosuppressants.

Anti-inflammatory

Chaga is also a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is especially useful in the treatment of inflammation-related joint diseases such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

This action is mainly due to the content of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in it. In addition to strengthening the immune system, this cytokine controls and modulates the inflammatory response. It also suppresses the expression of iNOS (nitric oxide synthase) and COX-2 (cyclooxygenase), thereby reducing the activity of inflammatory chemical mediators.

The vitamins and minerals found in chaga also help reduce inflammation. For example, vitamin K helps reduce markers of inflammation. On the other hand, magnesium is an ally against chronic inflammation.

A study conducted on rats by Kyung-hee University in Seoul shows the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive (pain sensitivity) properties of chaga.

Recent studies conducted by the State Scientific Center for Virology and Biotechnology «Vector» (Russia) have established the ability of chaga preparations to suppress the development of viruses, including type 1 immunodeficiency, type 2 herpes simplex, West Nile virus, influenza pathogens, as well as HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

A high inhibitory activity of the aqueous extract of the pharmaceutical chaga against the pathogenic strain of coronavirus has been established.

Scientists went further and tested the effect of the extract on themselves during illness. All subjects experienced a complete disappearance of symptoms of coronovirus after 5-7 days. Thus, humanity has hope for an effective cure for covid.

Lower blood sugar

Studies in laboratory animals with obesity and type 2 diabetes have shown
the effectiveness of preparations based on chaga to improve insulin resistance and reduce blood sugar levels.

Experimentally established that the infusion of the inner part of the fungus has a hypoglycemic effect. The maximum decrease in the level of glucose in the blood serum is observed 1.5-3 hours after taking the decoction and can reach 15-30%.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of full-fledged clinical studies, it is not yet clear whether chaga can be recommended for the treatment of diabetes in humans.

Cholesterol Lowering

An eight-week study in rats showed that chaga extract was able to lower low-density lipoprotein («bad» cholesterol) while increasing «good» cholesterol. Scientists attribute this property of the tinder fungus to the antioxidants contained in the fungus.

Supports heart health

Birch fungus’s ability to influence cholesterol and blood glucose levels, as well as its antioxidant properties, can be said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and have a beneficial effect on heart function .

Supports a healthy stress response

Chaga mushroom is an excellent adaptogen, helping the body in stressful situations associated with complex psycho-emotional or physical stress. Chaga infusions have a beneficial effect on the central nervous system, saturate the body with oxygen, rid the body of toxins, support heart function, and improve sleep.

Helps fight free radicals

Birch fungus is the superfood with the most antioxidants (25%). Due to its powerful ability to absorb oxygen radicals, chaga tops the list of foods with the strongest antioxidant properties in the ORAC index.

Tinder fungus contains two powerful antioxidant compounds: superoxide dismutase enzyme and melanin pigment. They determine the effectiveness of the fungus against aging.

Melanin, which is responsible for the charcoal color of chaga, is a macromolecule naturally present in the human body. It is known to protect our skin from ultraviolet rays and is involved in the fight against free radicals, in particular, preventing damage to the DNA of cells.

The superoxide dismutase enzyme is an important component of the free radical scavenging mechanism, which has a scavenging effect and helps fight aging in the body. The same enzyme is found in the Chinese medicinal mushroom Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum).

A Seoul National University study conducted on human keratinocyte cell lines shows the effectiveness of chaga in protecting against oxidative stress and delaying aging.

Men’s health benefits

The positive effect of chaga preparations for men’s health is determined by the presence in its composition of components that improve hormonal levels, stimulate the production of testosterone and prevent the development of inflammatory processes in the prostate gland, increasing endurance during physical exertion.

Zinc, which is concentrated mainly in the prostate, muscles, liver and pancreas, directly affects their work, promotes muscle growth and the production of growth hormone. Copper and molybdenum — help increase attraction, maintain potency, prevent the decline of male power with age.

Benefits for women

Birch fungus has long been considered very useful for the female body. Folk herbalists recommend infusions and decoctions of tinder beveled for the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids and uterine erosions. Tampons soaked in chaga extract are inserted into the vagina overnight. Some ancient recipes speak of the successful treatment of infertility with chaga.

Chaga-based creams improve skin regeneration, moisturize the epidermis, protect against aggressive environmental influences, and help preserve the beauty and youthfulness of the skin.

Dental and ENT applications

Infusion of chaga is used as an adjuvant for tumors of the larynx in the form of inhalations for 5-6 minutes daily for 10 days. At the same time, the general condition of patients improves, swallowing disorder is eliminated, and hoarseness of the voice decreases.

Birch fungus is recommended for use in dental practice for the treatment of periodontal disease (inside and in the form of lotions in gum pockets). For this, a mixture of 1 tsp. chamomile and 1 tsp chopped chaga are brewed in 2 cups of boiling water, let it brew for two hours and filter. Used in the form of rinses and lotions.

Chaga extract showed itself very well in healing gums after tooth extraction and similar surgical interventions.

Skin diseases

Chaga preparations have a beneficial effect on the skin. Due to the normalization of digestion and metabolic processes, the improvement of the digestive tract, liver and the removal of toxins, the condition of the skin improves: rashes, acne, eczema, and peeling disappear.

There are positive reviews about the treatment of psoriasis and allergic dermatitis with chaga. Regular intake of birch fungus led to a permanent disappearance of psoriatic rashes already by the 3rd month of treatment. External use of chaga decoction reduces the number of papillomas, condylomas, and also helps with rosacea.

useful properties, contraindications, use, doctors’ opinions

Chaga is a sterile, barren parasitic form that looks like a piece of coal, which grows on tree bark after it has been infected with tinder fungus spores. The parasite penetrates the tree through breaks, cracks and other wounds formed earlier due to bad weather or insects. Most often this is the middle or bottom of the trunk, next to the broken branches.

Chaga can grow on a tree for 20 or more years until it kills the tree in the final tree. In this case, the weight of the fungus can reach 5 kg, and the shape depends on the number and depth of the cracks through which the infection occurred. The parasite infects birch forests throughout Russia and beyond its borders, it is called birch fungus or beveled tinder fungus, a gift from God and a mushroom of immortality. A special place is given to chaga in Japanese and Chinese medicine, as the Chinese believe that this mushroom can prolong life.

You can collect chaga at any time of the year, but it is better during the absence of foliage — in autumn or winter. In addition, at this time, the fungus is considered the most biologically active. Since, in addition to chaga, poisonous mushrooms can also grow on a birch, when collecting it, you need to make sure that this is a tinder fungus. The growths are cut down with an ax, cut down with a saw from growing or cut down trees during logging. It is impossible to cut mushrooms from dried trees, as well as from the lower part of the trunks, as it will be poor in useful substances. For medicinal purposes, chaga is used both raw and dried.

First, the upper layer with cracks and ingrown parts of the tree bark is cut off from the fungus, and then the light brown inner layer. The middle part is suitable for blanks. It is cut into pieces no more than 10 cm and dried in dryers or ovens at a temperature not exceeding 60 ° C. Dried chaga is stored in dry bags or boxes for no more than 2 years.

Medicinal properties of chaga

Chaga is a powerful remedy that has absorbed the vitality of trees. The healing properties of the birch fungus are explained by its unique composition, which includes almost all the elements of the periodic table. At the same time, scientists are still studying its components. The betulinic acid presented by the chaga birch is rich in a wide range of useful properties and has an antitumor effect.

Magnesium normalizes blood pressure, myocardial function and, in combination with potassium, improves the transmission of signals in the nervous system. Salts of potassium and sodium maintain the optimal level of water-salt balance and oxygen in the cells of tissues and organs. Iron activates the production of hemoglobin. The most powerful natural antioxidant — zinc — slows down the aging process. Manganese regulates the absorption of iron into the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the level of glucose, cholesterol and thyroid hormones, which reduces the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. This microelement also strengthens the nervous and reproductive systems.

In folk medicine, chaga tincture is often used when the stomach hurts. Photo: Pixabay

Birch sap contains polysaccharides, aluminum, silver, cobalt, nickel, silicon, formic and oxalic acids, resins, fiber and phenols.

Rich in chaga and vitamins. Retinol helps maintain vision for many years, folic acid is necessary for pregnant women, as it is responsible for the formation of the fetal nervous system. Vitamin C restores the body’s defenses against SARS and influenza, strengthening the immune system. Tocopherol is involved in the metabolism of protein compounds, carbohydrates and fats. Nicotinic acid helps to reduce «bad» cholesterol. Chaga also contains a large concentration of B vitamins, which are necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous system and energy metabolism.

Thus, birch fungus, when used correctly, is priceless for the body. In folk medicine, chaga is used to treat certain types of gastritis. The semi-dense chaga extract is the main component of the Befungin preparation for improving immunity and treating gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Ready-made chaga can be purchased in the following forms:

  • herbal tea;
  • chaga in packs;
  • chaga oil.

Chaga contraindications

Despite the many useful properties, misuse of chaga can harm the body. As a rule, this is manifested by allergic reactions with a rash, redness and skin irritation.

Do not use birch fungus:

  • for colitis;
  • for dysentery;
  • in case of allergy to chaga components;
  • together with antibiotics;
  • with intravenous glucose;
  • during pregnancy and lactation;
  • in neurological diseases.

When preparing infusions and decoctions from chaga, dosages, technology and rules of administration should not be violated.

Before starting treatment with chaga preparations, you should consult with your doctor.

Infusions and tea from chaga can be given to children after consulting a pediatrician not earlier than 3 years in reduced quantities so as not to provoke an allergic reaction.

The use of chaga

In herbal medicine chaga is used as a tonic and anti-inflammatory agent in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, as a symptomatic agent in tumors of various localization. When treating with chaga, patients are advised to give up junk food.

Women

Birch mushroom is a very useful remedy for the female body. In folk medicine, chaga is used to treat endometriosis, fibroids and uterine erosions. According to one version, infusions from the fungus can get rid of infertility. Chaga infusion is taken in the same way as for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, tampons soaked in it are also inserted into the vagina at night.

For men

It has been proven that the substances and microelements in the composition of chaga have a positive effect on potency and prolong men’s health. The mushroom regulates hormone levels, increases libido, and increases endurance during physical exertion.

Tea

Grind fresh or dried and pre-soaked mushroom with a knife and pour into a teapot or cup. Pour the mushroom powder with boiled water not higher than 60 ° C in a ratio of 1:5 and brew for 2 hours with the lid closed, then strain. Keep tea for no more than a day and drink half an hour before meals.

For gastritis and ulcers

Chaga relieves pain and heaviness in the stomach and intestines, normalizing their functions and increasing overall tone. The positive effect of chaga on patients with gastrointestinal diseases is confirmed by x-rays.

Universal infusion

Rinse the mushroom thoroughly and soak in boiled water. After 5 hours, take it out and grind it, and leave the water for infusion. Pour a part of the chopped mushroom with infusion in a ratio of 1:5, heated to 50 ° C and insist for another 2 days. Then drain the liquid and squeeze out the sediment. Add boiled water to the resulting infusion to the initial amount.

The infusion can be stored for several days. For stomach and duodenal ulcers, take the infusion 1 tbsp. spoon three times a day half an hour before meals.

In dentistry

Chaga preparations are also used for the treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, put into gum pockets or taken orally. The use of chaga is combined with rinsing problem areas. With gingivitis and periodontal disease, cotton swabs are moistened in a warm decoction of birch fungus and applied to the gums for 10 minutes.

Infusion

1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of chopped chaga with 2 cups of warm boiled water and let it brew for 2 hours.

Decoction

1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of chopped chaga with 5 cups of boiling water and boil over low heat or a steam bath for about 7 minutes.

For skin diseases

Chaga gives results in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema and other skin diseases, it is especially effective if skin pathologies are combined with inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary system. Chaga preparations are also used to combat herpes, papillomas, condylomas, chlamydia and mycoplasmas.

Therapeutic bath

Pour 1 cup of powdered chaga into 1.5 liters of warm boiled water, cover and infuse for 2 hours. Pour the infusion into a bath with water. You need to bathe in such a bath for no more than 20 minutes. In parallel, you need to take infusions of chaga inside.

In cosmetology

Chaga is also used in cosmetics to maintain the beauty of hair and skin. When applied externally, ointments, creams and infusions of birch fungus give a rejuvenating effect — the skin of the face is tightened, and small wrinkles are smoothed out.

Mask for dry skin

Mix 1 teaspoon olive oil with 2 tbsp. spoons of chaga, add a third of a glass of water, one yolk, pour boiling water and insist for an hour.

Mask for oily skin

Mix 1 teaspoon of rye flour with 1 teaspoon of honey, egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of Befungin. Apply the mixture on the face for 15 minutes.

Reviews of doctors about chaga

Svetlana Barnaulova, candidate of medical sciences, cardiologist of the highest category, phytotherapeutist:

– Chaga has long been a surrogate for tea and a drink for vigor, improving immunity with anti-inflammatory action. So, it is not toxic, but on the contrary, it has a detoxifying effect. And now we use it in collections for the treatment of acute respiratory viral infections, as an anti-febrile and emollient.

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