Mumijo - The black gold of the mountains
Mumijo - The black gold of the mountains
Mumijo is an ancient natural remedy from the mountains of Central Asia. How Mumijo is created is still unknown. The mostly black-brown resin-like substance is collected in the mountains of the Himalayas and, particularly due to its high content of fulvic and humic acids, is said to have numerous healing effects - initially on the gastrointestinal tract, but also on the brain, bones, immune system and fertility. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make Mumijo a great help in wound healing.
Mumijo - An old natural remedy from Central Asia
Mumijo is an enigmatic substance. They are only found in a few places on earth and only experienced collectors can tell when they see whether they are Mumijo or not. It is a resin-like, tough natural substance with a smooth, shiny surface and smoky aroma. Mumijo is usually black-brown, but yellow and even red or blue variants are also known.
Mumijo was called Maumasil in ancient Russia and means: That which protects against illness. In other regions, Mumijo is also known as Shilajit. Other names are Kao-tun, Brogschaun or Arakul dshibal. All of these names indicate the origin of the Mumijos and can be translated as "sweating the mountains" or "blood of the mountains" or "oil of the mountains". Because Mumijo is found especially in caves and crevices in Central Asia, especially in the Himalayas, Altai and in the mountains of Kazakhstan
Mumijo is a very old natural remedy that has been used as a healing and tonic in the countries where it was found for thousands of years and is one of the most important remedies in the medicine chest in today's Russia. Mumijo is usually traditionally administered with honey, since the honey somewhat overlaps the specific aroma of the Mumijo. At the same time, one wants to combine mummy therapy with the healing effects of honey. Mumijo with honey is a good idea, especially for children.
The discovery of the Mumijo - The legend of the wounded gazelle
According to an old tradition from Kyrgyzstan, Mumijo was discovered as follows: A wealthy Khan was hunting for game with his followers. They injured a gazelle, which escaped. They searched for the animal for days and finally found it in a very large and deep cave. Despite the wounds, it seemed to be on the mend. They saw how it was licking from a black-brown stone and that too
rubbed his healing wounds. The Khan had some of the stone taken away and handed it over to his doctors. From now on, many sick people are said to have been healed with the mysterious stone - which we now call Mumijo.
Mumijo in antiquity and the Middle Ages
Throughout history, Mumijo also fell into the hands of the great Greek scholar of antiquity, Aristotle (384 - 322 BC). Together with his student, Alexander the Great, Aristotle researched the effects of the mumijo and also made records of it.
Many other famous doctors and philosophers also dealt with Mumijo, such as the Persian doctor Avicenna. In the 11th century, he wrote that Mumijo externally helped with wounds and bruises, internally it was good for the stomach and the respiratory tract and - given the ear canals - also helped with ear infections.
In traditional Central Asian folk medicine, Mumijo is now used for a number of ailments - from stomach ulcers to broken bones. Since Mumijo was and is also found in India, it has also been an integral part of many therapies in Ayurveda for a long time and is used there for almost all chronic complaints - whether it is a venous disease, a bladder weakness or depression.
The healing effects of Mumijo
Since the middle of the 20th century, more and more scientific studies - mostly from the former Soviet Union or India - have appeared, which are dedicated to the healing effects of mumijo and also found astonishing things:
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Radiation protection by Mumijo
The Soviet military, for example, put Mumijo on the menu of his elite troops in order to strengthen their physical and mental resilience and make them less sensitive to stress. The Russian astronauts also received Mumijo. You should better protect yourself from the increased radiation in space in this way.
Mumijo also protects against the negative effects of radioactive radiation. Because after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the radiation-damaged people were treated with Mumijo, their blood count improved remarkably.
Recovery faster with the help of Mumijo
Soviet sports doctors also reported increasing muscle mass, more strength and endurance in athletes, and a faster recovery from injuries, including broken bones, when those affected had undergone a Mumijo cure.
A study in the 1960s showed that giving Mumijo 200-300 mg twice daily for 30 days significantly accelerated the healing of broken bones. Bone callus formation occurred 14 days earlier in the Mumijo group. The content of natural strontium is said to be a significant reason for this effect. Because strontium activates the mineralization of the bone, which is why Mumijo is also occasionally used in conventional medicine for osteoporosis.
Apparently, Mumijo is still to be prescribed in some Russian clinics before complicated surgical interventions to strengthen the body accordingly. Even the former Russian President Boris Yeltsin is said to have had a Mumijo cure before his heart surgery in the 1990s - according to Dr. Wolfgang Windmann, pharmacologist, chemist, Mumijo expert and author of the booklet Mumijo - The black gold of the Himalayas.
The different areas of application of Mumijo in folk medicine are easy to explain. Because most diseases originate in a sick digestive system and are associated with inflammatory processes. Mumijo now seems to be fixing both problems. It has an anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant effect and also has a very healing effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
Mumijo detoxifies - and heals the stomach and intestines
In April 1990, an Indian study appeared in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which confirmed that Mumijo's anti-inflammatory effects made arthritis and edema better, as well as healing stomach ulcers by strengthening the gastric mucosa.
Dr. Windmann describes a study from two St. Petersburg clinics. There, patients with gastric or duodenal ulcers were given 200 mg of Mumijo twice a day - dissolved in warm water 30 minutes before meals. After 26 days, there was a 10 day break before giving Mumijo again for 26 days. Then all patients were
symptom-free. There were no side effects.
The humic acids and fulvic acid contained in Mumijo are particularly beneficial for the gastrointestinal tract. The two acids work similarly to mineral and healing earths. They adsorb toxins and excess gastric acid, so that the intestine is relieved and can then regenerate in peace.
An Iranian study from 2015 confirmed that Mumijo could protect the stomach because the substance reduces the amount of acid in the stomach and thus protects against acid-related injuries to the stomach lining. Such acid-related mucosal damage and gastric ulcers are often the result of many medications (e.g. cortisone, painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, aspirin and the like).
The researchers recommended Mumijo as a way to protect the stomach from the side effects of these drugs. In these cases, acid blockers are usually prescribed (e.g. omeprazole, pantoprazole, etc.). However, these can have strong side effects, the vicious cycle of acid blockers.
Mumijo can also be used for hemorrhoids. In addition, in some pharmacies there are Mumijo suppositories or Mumijo creams to order. The suppositories have an itch-relieving, anti-inflammatory, contracting and mucosal effect - and thus provide numerous properties that (in addition to a suitable diet) are needed to cure a hemorrhoidal disease.
Mumijo regulates blood lipid levels and reduces oxidative stress
Another study from India in October 2003 showed that the intake of 2 grams of Mumijo every day for 45 days had a very positive effect on blood lipid levels and also significantly improved the antioxidant status of the test subjects.
Mumijo: A remedy for altitude sickness
In January 2010 appeared in International Journal of Ayurveda Research an investigation into altitude sickness. The altitude sickness can occur if you go at altitudes above 4000 meters. It is associated with a lack of oxygen, insomnia, lethargy, lack of appetite, dementia-like symptoms and even edema in the brain (cerebral edema).
These problems - which can be life-threatening - arise due to the lower air pressure at high altitudes, the large temperature fluctuations between day and night, the usually strong winds and the high intensity of solar radiation.
Mumijo now improves the body's ability to cope with altitude-related stress, optimizes the absorption of nutrients via the intestine and at the same time stimulates the immune system. In this way, Mumijo can help overcome the chronic fatigue and lethargy that is usually associated with altitude sickness. Mumijo is therefore recommended as a nutritional supplement if you travel or have to travel to great heights.
Mumijo increases fertility and seed quality
As early as the 12th century, the then respected doctor Muhammed Tabib had written that Mumijo could increase human fertility and even women who were considered sterile could suddenly give birth to children if they took Mumijo (together with carrot juice). The results of current studies are not that sensational, but Mumijo also shows an impressive effect when it comes to boosting fertility.
In 2010, researchers in the Andrologia magazine explained how Mumijo was able to improve sperm quality in 28 originally sterile men. The men were given 100 mg of Mumijo in one oral capsule twice a day for 90 days.
After the three months had passed, it became apparent that the men had over 60 percent more sperm and that sperm motility had increased significantly. The previously increased oxidative stress level in the sperm also decreased, while the testosterone level rose. At the same time, the kidney and liver values remained completely normal, so that Mumijo was classified as completely safe and harmless.
Mumijo strengthens the immune system
It is also known from observations that Mumijo has a strengthening and stimulating effect on the immune system. Anyone who regularly takes Mumijo suffers from B. rare infections of the urinary tract as well as rare infections of the respiratory tract and ears. If you suffer from chronic stress, which is one of the immunodeficiency factors, you can also take Mumijo, in order to compensate for the weaknesses of the immune system and become less susceptible to stress.
The origin of Mumijo - still unsettled
Exactly how Mumijo is made and whether it is purely vegetable or contains animal components has not yet been fully clarified. We only know that the formation of Mumijo obviously requires intensive and long sun exposure, the air must be particularly clean and certain plants (e.g. milkweed plants) must be found in the region.
Those scientists who believe that Mumijo is something purely plant-based state that Mumijo contains substances that only exist in the plant kingdom but not in the animal kingdom, e.g. B. alkaloids and fibers.
The theory that Mumijo also contains animal components (fossil excrement), however, is hardly tenable. Because Mumijo is also found at altitudes of over 4000 meters, where there are no animals that could contribute to such an accumulation of excrement. Mumijo would then have to contain much more typical animal ingredients than is currently the case. It is conceivable that the few animal components found could also be traced back to contamination of the samples examined - according to Dr. Windmann in his Mumijo book.
However, Windmann cites a definition of Mumijo from 1995, which is probably still valid today (and also appears on Wikipedia): Mumijo is
a complex high-molecular organic-mineral metabolic product of aerobic microorganisms, which resulted from the decomposition process of plant residues, lichens and resins from the roots of fir, spruce and pine. "
In addition, it is known that - depending on the place of discovery - there can be very different types of mummy. They differ in terms of consistency (sometimes crusty, sometimes liquid to waxy) and the composition (sometimes from lichens, then again from algae or from root juices).
It is therefore not surprising given the uncertainties and discussions about the exact composition of Mumijo that counterfeits or products of inferior quality have repeatedly come onto the market in the past. The first studies with a mummy-like substance from Antarctica have already been carried out, which show that there may not be ONE TRUE Mummy.
Mumijo from Antarctica
In 2011 you read in the trade magazine Evidence-Based Complimentary And Alternative Medicinethat a mummy-like material can be found in large quantities in the Antarctic. In this case, however, it was clearly an animal product, namely a fossil stomach oil from Antarctic petrels.
The Antarctic Mumijo now has immune-boosting, anti-allergic and moreover
neuroprotective effects. It activates nerve cell growth and prevents the nerve cells from dying due to senile plaques, as are often found in dementia.
Spurred on by these studies, a year later, researchers wanted to know whether the "real" (i.e. Central Asian) mumijo - together with B vitamins - could be helpful in Alzheimer's prevention and are of the opinion that this is indeed the case, so that the combination mentioned is a valuable nutritional supplement that could be used in the prevention of dementia.
The extraction and quality of Mumijo
Only specially trained collectors look for Mumijo in the mountains. Then it is a so-called raw mumijo, which then has to be cleaned and prepared. In low-priced products, sometimes just the ground raw mummy is filled into capsules. These mummy preparations can be seen as more holistic. However, the healing effect of the cleaned mumijo is said to be significantly stronger. It also grows with the quality of the cleaning process. Of course, this should be done without questionable solvents.
For high-quality Mumijo preparations, the content of fulvic and humic acids per daily serving is given. Good levels are e.g. B. 200 mg fulvic acids and about 40 to 50 mg humic acids per 400 mg Mumijo.
The composition of Mumijo
In Mumijo can be found
- inorganic components:
- organic components:
- Fulvic acids
- Humic acids
- Amino acids (the proportion should be over 20 percent in some cases)
- Vitamins in traces
- typical vegetable substances, such as B.
- Vegetable fats
- Essential oils
Mumijo - dosage and application
In the case of illnesses, 200 to 300 mg of Mumijo in capsule form are usually taken two to three times a day about 30 minutes before meals. After about 20 to 30 days, take a ten-day break and then take Mumijo for another 20 to 30 days.
You can also use this schedule as a preventive measure: ten days of mumijo, five days of break, ten days of mumijo, five days of break, ten days of mumijo. Then you take a break of 20 days and start over.
Children up to 14 years take half the dose, children over 14 years take the adult dose.
Always think of a sufficient interval between Mumijo and other medications (2 to 3 hours - or in consultation with the doctor), since Mumijo u. U. could weaken the effect of the medication.
There are mummy solutions or mummy creams for external use. These can accelerate wound healing in the event of skin injuries. For more information and possible uses of Mumijo, we recommend the small book Mumijo - The black gold of the Himalayasfrom Dr. Wolfgang Windmann.
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Mumijo for colon cleansing
Mumijo can be used excellently for intestinal rehabilitation, ideally combined with the structure of the intestinal flora. Because while the intestinal flora build-up optimizes the intestinal environment and supplies probiotic bacterial strains, Mumijo ensures the healing and regeneration of the stomach and intestinal mucosa. You can find instructions on how to build up the intestinal flora here
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