It can be said that the usage of Amber in folk medicine has a long history. Amber and different extracts made from this natural resin were used in Greece from even the times of Hippocrates to treat many different ailments. Potential health benefits of Amber were also known throughout the middle Ages and it was used for medical purposes up until today. Many artisans throughout the years were also aware about Amber health features (therapeutic and protective properties) so they created different bracelets, necklaces, pendants as well as rings that would contain this natural gemstone. Alternatively Amber was also made in a form of remedy that can be either used topically or ingested.
The most known property of Amber is that it contains large amounts of Succinic Acid. Baltic Amber in particular is known to have the highest quantities of this acid than compared with other types of Amber. By its weight Baltic Amber might contain as much as 8% of this acid. For this reason it tends to be rated the highest when compared with other types of Amber. External layer of this natural resin is where the highest amount of Succinic Acid is found. Due to large quantities of this Acid, Baltic Amber is known to have quite a lot of benefits to the health. Succinic Acid is known to be effective anti-oxidant that can help to minimize cardiac rhythm disruptions and fight free radicals. In addition to that this acid can have a positive impact on neural system and even enhance immune system. Succinic Acid can also provide benefits like better concentration & awareness, reduced stress since it can help to balance energy in the brain and body. The most recent research on this acid proves that it’s effective in enhancing energy, balancing acids in the body and also improving immune system. Succinic Acid is thought to be released from Amber when jewelry from this natural gemstone is worn close to the skin and for a long time. Generated warmth from the skin is what triggers this acid to be released and then to be absorbed into bloodstream. For this reason Amber Necklaces are a very popular remedy for teething babies & children. Hand-made Amber necklaces & bracelets are being used today to provide babies with calming and soothing benefits. Wearing Baltic Amber Jewelry for Adults can also provide a vast range of benefits like enhanced immune system, stimulated thyroid function and reduced inflammation in the body. Some adults also use Amber for clearing the chakras, alleviating stress, filling body with energy and even encouraging healing. For adults who want to use Amber as a natural remedy for some medical condition it is best to choose Amber Jewelry that would be close to problematic area. So for instance if you want to use Amber for stimulation of thyroid function it is best to choose Amber Necklace.
Amber is also known to have electrical properties and for this reason it is quite commonly referred to as Electra. Electrical properties of Amber were noticed by Greeks. They observed that when Amber jewelry was rubbed against cloth it was able to attract small and light objects like hair. Since Amber gemstone is electromagnetically active and it can help to make negative ions, this whole effect might have a positive impact on human body too.
Having a piece of Amber around or wearing jewelry made of this natural resin is also believed to minimize negative effects of electronic devices like mobile phones, computers, TV’s as well as microwaves. This mainly because European Scientists and other doctors in the 20-th century used Amber on patients who were exposed to radiation. It was believed to strengthen immune system of the body that was exposed to accidents associated with radiation.
Throughout the Middle Ages when Europe was affected diseases like plaque Amber was also quite commonly used for fumigation. As it was mentioned previously Amber contains large quantities of Succinic Acid so when it is being burned it diffuses smoke that is both irritating and aromatic. There were even some records from this time indicating that Amber might have helped to avoid diseases like plague in cities like Liepaja, Klaipeda and Gdansk. People in Eastern Europe even believed that smoke from Amber can strengthen overall human spirit and enhance courage. Up until today Aroma specialist use smoke of Amber to enhance energy of their patients and to cure many other ailments.
Although scientific research on Amber is still quite limited no one can neglect the fact that this natural gemstone is not just a beautiful jewelry. Therapeutic and healing usage of Amber throughout the years is a good prove that this gemstone has healing properties. Also properties of Amber and chemical composition of this gemstone allows to explain why most of these healing benefits might occur.