Archeologists have established that amber was used since Paleolithic times. During the Stone Age it was used as money in some countries. Unsophisticated necklaces and bracelets were passed through generations as a great valuable.
From the Baltic shores this northern gold traveled to the Roman Empire, the Near East, the far-away China and Japan where extraordinary qualities of sukcinite (amber) were admired by local doctors. Since ancient times amber was attributed with healing powers. Even in antique times amber and especially amber acid were used in pharmacology.
Amber was used to treat ear, eye, stomach and dental pains as well as used for the treatment of rheumatism. Today amber is used when treating urinary bladder, stomach diseases and bronchitis.
Because amber emits a pleasant smell our ancestors used it for fragrant mix making.
Now when cosmetology and especially medicine slowly but steadily returns to ecologically clean organic materials that nature provides us with, the popularity of amber and its components is growing for making medicines, food additives and cosmetic products. In Kaliningrad (Russia), Lodze and Krokuva (Poland) manufacturing lines operate that manufacture healing and cosmetic products and uses amber as one of the components.
Belarusian mineralogist Albert Bogdasarov recommends using unpolished amber necklaces when treating people, especially children, with damaged thyroid gland function who suffered through the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Two thousand years ago amber trade routes stretched through Europe and reached what is currently Italy and Greece.
In ancient Rome you could by one slave for a piece of amber. It was believed that amber protects from throat diseases when carried on the neck and help to keep a clear mind (a famous doctor of those days living in Rome Calistratus wrote that amber powder mixed with honey treat throat, eye, and ear diseases and when mixed with water help ease stomach pains).