amber in historyAmber is used not only in the jewelry industry, but also in others. Doctors recommend it as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment.

Baltic amber is attested in historical reports since prehistoric times. Since then, it has been used in various ways. For example, in Ancient times, small amber pieces were placed under the Egyptian mummies' skin to protect the dead from decay and destruction. The Egyptian people believed that amber had mystical powers. Both the Ancient Roman and the Greeks thought of amber as a stone with magical powers. It was also a symbol of influence and power, so people were buried wearing amber necklaces.

Hippocrates was the first to write about amber use in medicine. Of course, his works are related to ancient times. He documented how amber could help in neck, head and throat complaints if a short string of amber beads were worn on the neck against the skin. It was demonstrated to be efficient even in severe pain.

amber brownAmber bracelets were worn by those who suffered from bone diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis. It was thought to be beneficial also in reducing fatigue and general weariness. In some cases, fairly large pieces of amber would be rubbed on the body of the sick. This would have a calming effect and relieve the pain, and various creams and balms, and even amber infusions in alcohol, were made to cure pains and help the suffering

Amber became the main ingredient in creams and concoctions along with other medical herbs and the mixture was used as a remedy against respiratory pains, asthma or bronchitis, and against bowel or bladder disorders. It was even used for heart and circulation problems with effective results.

Baltic amber, for example, is known as an excellent natural antibiotic. Women who suffer from goiter often use it to help calm the pain by simply wearing natural and unpolished raw amber pieces around the neck. Over the years and through many centuries, amber has also been used for the kidneys, the nervous system and the heart, due to the fact that it had positive effects on internal organs and helped people relax by reducing anxiety.

medicine in amberAnother thing that draws the attention to why amber use in medicine is extremely beneficial is the succinic acid it contains. Not all fossilized resins have it but amber has up to eight per cent of this acid in the surface layer. Making up a large part of natural Baltic amber, this is one of the reasons why succinic acid is also commonly known as amber acid. It is also a constituent of animal and plant tissue, and Europeans have been using it for centuries to cure the sick and ill.

Amber acid is good for both body and mind. For the body, it is used in the Krebs cycle, also known as the Citric Acid cycle, involved in the intermediary metabolic processes. It is also a powerful antioxidant fighting the free radicals which are extremely toxic for the human body. It also helps fight disruptions of the cardiac rhythm. For the mind, research has shown that amber acid stimulates neural system recovery. It helps the immune system, compensates for energy drain in both body and brain, and reduces stress, while boosting awareness, concentration and reflexes.



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