Amber is fossilized tree resin, it has been around for millions of years to get to that stage and is now used in many aspects of modern life. Due to its natural beauty and the various colours of resin that you can acquire it is regularly used in jewellery and gemstones. It is also used as an ingredient in perfumes and for hundreds of years has also been hailed for its medicinal value. Many people aren’t aware of how beneficial it can be for curing various ailments, so in this article I will outline some of the main issues that it can help eradicate and how it is administered.
One of the main modern day medicinal uses of amber is for the succinic acid that can be taken from it; this has been used in patents for numerous pharmaceutical products in the USA and Russia. Succinic acid can also be found in Gooseberry and Rhubarb but is found at more than 1000 times the concentration in amber. Its main use is in anti-aging products; Dr. Veniamin Khazanov of the RAS’ Institute of Pharmacology said “For aged people, succinic acid has proved to be indispensable. It is capable of restoring the energy balance at the cellular level, which is often upset as the years go by, and helps the patient regain his youthful energy.” As well as being used in anti-aging it is also used in aiding patients to recover immunity to a disease after a long period of illness.
Another area where amber has had great success is in easing painful teething in babies. There have been numerous surveys with parents who have used it and the results have been positive by and large; here is a recent poll by about.com. The fact that amber is non toxic and has been used for thousands of years in pain relief does give some weight to the argument that it does in actual fact work. Amber bracelets and necklaces such as the ones at the Baltic Amber Design shop work by the succinic acid being absorbed in to the infant’s skin providing holistic pain relief for the child. Rings have also been used but have been shown to only provide relief for minutes rather than a more sustained period of time.
As with most natural, holistic medicine there will always be a large amount of sceptics, the only way to really tell if it works is to try it out for yourself. Whether your experience is good or bad it is important to give your feedback and tips to other parents to help them out when they are making a similar decision on whether to use amber bracelets on their babies.
NB. Baltic amber teething bracelets/anklets are not for chewing or internal use – please ensure they’re used responsibly, with any babies or young children being under adult supervision.
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