By Ksenia Gulko
From ancient times it was believed that there were practically no diseases that amber couldn’t heal. This incredibly beautiful gem with a rich history and a wide use in jewelry creation is still used in medicine: both traditional and experimental.
Since prehistoric times, amber has been known and used by mankind.
Amber is not only yellow-orange. There are an extensive variety of colors of amber, from the opaque white (called real amber) to blue (larimar or Dominican amber) or even green or black in some varieties. Even a single piece of amber often can have over ten different shades.
In addition to physical healing, amber is believed to possess magical properties that provide a lot of pleasant changes on the psychological, emotional and mental levels.
It is believed Amber makes a person calm, healthy and happy.
Modern astrologers and healers assess amber as the creativity stone that strengthens faith and optimism. If amber is in contact with the body for a long time, especially in the form of necklaces, pendants or earrings – it will output the astral slags.
Wearing amber long term in the throat area helps to open the fifth chakra.
It is believed natural amber jewelry will strengthen your intuition and faith in yourself. It will help you to achieve any goal.
Modern science finds that amber is almost completely made with useful elements for the human body: iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, cobalt, barium and aluminum.
Succinic acid is thought to be the main component of amber’s magical, positive influence on our health.
Amber has been used to fight skin diseases, strengthen teeth, and prevent headaches, convulsions, asthma, phthisis, and insomnia. It is believed that crushed amber, lubricated on teeth, will make them shine, cleanse them and strengthen and whiten them. Another purported healing property of amber is the mitigation of adverse effects of the weather. Supposedly, it can also prevent an attack of asthma. According to E.Frakey, amber products can prevent colds and help to treat rheumatism.
Women of upper Italy wore amber around their necks against goiter and throat diseases. And in Belarus, amber has served as a means against insomnia: raw pieces of amber were placed under a pillow or were suspended at the head of the bed. The first studies of the theory “Amber as a Remedy for Insomnia” appeared in the twentieth century.
In Germany, Martin Luther carried in his pocket a piece of amber, to prevent the formation of kidney stones. In England, Doctor Bullain prescribed a medicine based on amber. The 17th and 18th centuries should be considered the “golden age” of amber medicine and the study of amber healing properties.
In modern medicine, supposed amber healing properties include the ability to prevent hemolysis (process of red blood cells (erythrocytes) destruction.)
There are even physicians who recommend wearing a necklace made from untreated amber to those people, who have problems with the thyroid gland. Amber can really look stylish and beautiful in jewelry, and is probably beneficial to your health, as well.
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