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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.




AMBER
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CONTAINS: Succoryabietic acid, succinosilvic acid, succoabietinolic acid, succinoresinol, succinoabietal, succinic acid, succinit, resin, benzene.

Amber is fossilized pine resin from the extinct Pinus succinifera. In Chinese medicine, some minerals such as amber are used as healing agents.

PART USED: Crushed resin.

MEDICINAL USES:
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Amber is considered to be sedative, emmenogogue, diuretic, and lithotriptic.
Used for insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, childhood convulsions, epilepsy, hysterical convulsions, frequent dreams and forgetfulness.
Said to promote urination and used for uterine tract infections and uterine stones.
Considered useful to aid in blood circulation and to promote menses as well as relieve menstrual cramps, bring on overdue menses and for abdominal tumors
Used in cases of coronary heart disease and considered good for disturbed emotions caused by stress.





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