How Baltic Amber has been used in various ways for therapy.
Baltic Amber has been believed to have medicinal and therapeutic powers since time immemorial. The first records of its beneficial properties can be found in descriptions by Pliny the Elder and Hippocrates.
The light and warm gemstone gives off a pleasant scent and warmed in the hands and a resinous smell when burnt; it picks up static when rubbed and attracts friends of paper. For centuries Amber was deemed to be one of the most important medicaments.
Today we know that Baltic Amber contains 3 to 8% amber acid. Scientific tests have proven its beneficial effect on living organisms.
Amber is electronegative; therefore, when it comes in contact with the body, it ionizes in a beneficial way, improving the body’s energy and electrolyte balance. Amber has antibacterial and anti-septic properties; and amber tinctures serves to strengthen the body’s natural immunity, helps to mitigate cold symptoms, fever as well as rheumatic and muscle pain. Amber teething rings and necklaces are given to infants to ease their pain. Amber and its derivatives are among the ingredients used in some contemporary medicines and cosmetics. See Healing Amber
Chinese herbal medicines use amber powders in their mixes. Here is what they say about Baltic Amber, or in Latin, “Succinum:”
The calming effect of succinum is only one of the claimed properties, which include these main areas:
Subduing fright, tranquilizing the mind, and relieving convulsion. Succinum is used in the treatment of palpitation, amnesia, dreaminess, insomnia, etc. …
Alleviating water retention and relieving stranguria (difficult urination). Succinum is applied to the urinary disorders such as stranguria complicated by hematuria (blood in the urine), particularly when caused by pathogenic heat. …
Promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis. Succinum is used in the treatment of amenorrhea and abdominal mass caused by blood stasis and stagnation of vital energy. Amber is also recommended for lower abdominal pains affecting the genitalia, such as pain of the testes, prostate, uterus, or vulvar region. …
Amber “frees the orifices” which is designation for treating conditions such as atherosclerotic blockage of the arteries and blood clots that can cause angina, heart attack, and stroke. …
Other internal uses: Amber is used as an ingredient in tonic formulas, it is used as an anti-aging formulation and a treatment to aid recovery for cancer patients after undergoing standard medical therapies. …
Succinum is used in treating stomach ache. …
Topical applications: Astringing ulcers and promoting tissue regeneration. Used externally, it is efficacious in the treatment of ulcers, boils, swellings. …
Even before mankind knew that there were things called antibiotics, the people of Europe recognized that amber had (what they called magical) curative powers. They used it when we today would use an antibiotic.
They used amber in many forms. They used amber bracelets, necklaces, powder, chips, stones, oils and smoke.
Now that modern science has discovered what succinic acid can do, it has confirmed what the people of Europe have known for centuries.
The ancients wore Baltic Amber necklaces and bracelets, made from amber stones and chips that washed up on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The stones were thought to have magical curative powers. They surely had no idea that they were high in succinic acid, but they knew they worked magic on their ills.
A Dominican Monk, Albert The Great, born in 1193, called Baltic Amber Succinium and stated that it was the most effective of the leading medicines of the time. In order of effectiveness he listed them as Succinium, ocastoreum, mors, camphor, tartarus, and aurum. Amber tinctures were made from beer, wine and water. People found them effective against everything from stomach aches to rheumatism.
When the plagues devastated Europe during the middle ages, amber was used for fumigation. Burning amber is both aromatic and irritating. And that is due to the high content of succinic acid in the smoke.
The Prussian Priest Matthaus Praetorius recorded that in 1680, “During the plague not a single amberman from Gdansk, Klaipeda, Konigsberg or Liepaja died of the disease”
Even today aroma therapists use Baltic Amber smoke to cure people.
The people of Europe have used the curative properties of amber in many ways.
Recognizing its properties as an antibiotic, they have used, and continue to use it, for amber baby teethers, baby teething necklaces, spoons and pipe mouthpieces. Aristocrats of the 17 th Century brewed tea in special amber containers.
Many people have reported wonderful results when they use Baltic Amber powders, creams, oils and more. There is much more information about this and Amber Therapy in our Amber Book Section. You are invited to get the free Amber Therapy book that you find there.
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