Information 31 Oct 2018

Health and beauty. The most important advantages of succinic acid.

Written by 

     "Time and health are two valuable treasures that we do not recognize and we do not appreciate until they are exhausted"

Walter Disney

     Amber is an unusual resinous mineral which, apart from its indisputable aesthetic properties, has been the subject of interest for health professionals, aesthetic medicine and cosmetologists for many years. In order to reach the beginning of the analysis of amber compounds with medicine, one should go back to antiquity, where amber was widely used in folk medicine [1,2]. It was thought that it protects against fever, tonsillitis or sore throat. In the Arab world, he was a panacea, considered to be effective in various kinds of ailments [3]. Amber was used in various forms, solid, liquid, powdered or resin (after heating).

     One of the breakthrough dates is the year 1546, when G. Agricola, a German mineralogist and physician, obtained succinic acid via dry distillation [4]. Today, it is a well-studied substance and widely used in medicine or cosmetology. Baltic amber contains about 3-8% of it, mainly in external weathered or "amber bark".

      Succinic acid is a natural catalyst for cellular transformations and can therefore have significant properties for our health. Scientific research confirms the action of acid as a biostimulant. It stimulates the nervous system, regulates the functioning of the kidneys and intestines, is an anti-inflammatory and antitoxic agent. It can also be effective in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, bronchitis, rheumatic diseases and asthma [3].

      Amber is also often used for the production of tinctures, which may be used for prevention of myocardial pain, problems with blood circulation, blood pressure or heart failure [3,5].

      Whereas modern cosmetology uses the bactericidal and antioxidant properties of amber. Succinic acid can act as a means of slowing or completely inhibiting the loss of ions, including potassium.

      Ointments, oils and amber creams are created (for rheumatic, asthmatic or irritation). On the basis of amber, whole lines of preparations for face, body and hair care are produced. They support the fight against bacteria and free radicals, and mitigate the effects of burns and insect bites [3]. Creams improve the hydration and greasiness of the skin, increase its firmness and elasticity. They clearly reduce the roughness of the skin and the depth of wrinkles, regenerate the tired skin, stimulate its metabolism and prevent the formation of free radicals. Cosmetics are also attributed to soothing anxiety and nerves [3].

      The use of amber for our health is therefore extremely wide. Both for our physical and mental health. In addition, beautiful amber jewelery can improve our appearance, shape our image, and thus affect social perception and well-being [6,7,8].

   We cordially invite you to visit the Amber Museum in Krakow.



[1] Kosmowska-Ceranowicz B. (2012). Bursztyn w Polsce i na świecie. Warszawa: UW.

[2] Bursztynowe inspiracje. Pomorska regionalna organizacja turystyczna. Pobrano ze strony:

[3] LITOTERAPIA Bursztyn - najstarsze lekarstwo. Łyczkowski K. Cukrzyca a zdrowie.

[4] Koziorowska L. (1984). Badania nieorganicznego składu chemicznego bursztynu. Archeologia Polski t.XXIX, s.207-235.

[5] Ogrodnik Z. (2008). Nalewki na zdrowie. Białystok: Studio Astropsychologii.

[6] Zaleśkiewicz, T. (2012), Symboliczna natura pieniędzy: ujęcie psychologiczne. Chowanna, nr specjalny, s. 109-121.

[7] Cialdini R. (2013). Wywieranie wpływu na ludzi. Teoria i praktyka. Gdańsk: GWP.

[8] Wojciszke B., (2004). Człowiek wśród ludzi. Zarys psychologii społecznej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar.

FaLang translation system by Faboba