27 February 2012, 17:03

Moss can heal

Moss can heal

The news about a miracle medicine came from the "edge of the world" - that is how the name of the Yamal peninsula translates from the Nenets language. Moss and lichens, which are in abundance in Northern Russia, have unique healing properties.

The news about a miracle medicine came from the "edge of the world" - that is how the name of the Yamal peninsula translates from the Nenets language. Moss and lichens, which are in abundance in Northern Russia, have unique healing properties. Research conducted by scientists at the Yamal-Nenets Center for the study of the Arctic, show that many illnesses, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic inflammation of the throat, commonly called angina, which affects up to ten per cent of the population of the world according to the World Health Organization, WHO, can be treated with moss and reindeer lichen. Maria Domnitskaya has prepared the following piece.

The Northern peoples have known the usefulness of the moss and lichens from time immemorial. There is historical evidence of the dressing of wounds with bandages made of lichens, and according to an ancient author, Lapland mothers placed moss in the cradle, replacing it in the morning and evening, thus always keeping the child dry and warm. The Northern peoples still prepare tasty and good meals from reindeer lichen even today.

The northern moss has an unusual absorbent property which other plants lack, says  Dr. Andrei Lobanov, a worker at the Center for the study of the Arctic, speaking in an interview for VOR. Tape.

“Moss can soak in liquid like a sponge- up to 22 times its original size.  In contrast, cotton can soak in liquid up  to 9 times its size only”.

Due to its unique properties moss can remove a large spectrum of allergens from the organs, and a  positive effect is noticed when the powder or boiled forms are used. Studies have shown that the attacks of bronchitis and asthma are reduced when patients are treated with reindeer lichen, said Dr. Lobanov.

“Continuing research could help us solve the problems of security and food storage since everything  we eat, starting with bread, is loaded with preservatives”.

If artificial preservatives are replaced with natural ones like reindeer lichen, bread can have a fresher taste and can be stored for longer periods of time.

Dr. Lobanov believes that the use of moss will enable us  to get rid of a number of artificial preservatives, as  well as prevent stomach discomfort and allergic reactions. The use of moss opens a wide opportunity in medicine and  in other areas. Moss could become a universal absorbent in the crude oil industry and in the shoe manufacturing sector and could be widely used as an antiseptic agent.

 

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