Research on mare's milk for skin issues
The most important research on the beneficial effects of mare's milk on skin issues was published in 2009 by the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany.
During this study, the experiences of patients undergoing treatment with horse milk were collected and studied anonymously to prove its beneficial properties.
Over 90% of the interviewees suffering from various types of skin conditions stated that the severity of their symptoms, like itchiness and irregular sleep associated with it, drastically decreased. According to Professor Dr. Rainer Schubert, who led the study, the improvement of these symptoms can be medically supported.
In this study, they went over more than 100 medical records from patients that had been drinking mare's milk for six months.
The first positive results could be noted as soon as two weeks after the start of the experiment. Monthly dermatological follow-ups with the assessment tool (SCORAD) pointed out that after six months, the patients' symptoms had improved from "semi-severe/severe" to "mild/non-existent".
Some patients were even able to cut down on their medicine intake. Others reported a drastic decrease in itchiness and the disappearance of their sleep disorders caused by dermatitis.
One-third of the patients saw their dermatitis symptoms go down by 30%, but not all patients showed the same results. Scientists believe that these figures resemble the effectiveness of a traditional medicine, which doesn't work for every individual either.
75% of all consumers having intestinal problems, respiratory issues, or problems with the liver — reacted positively to drinking mare's milk. The group of people with intestinal disorders reported a decrease in symptoms and better general health. The scientist noted that for optimal results, long-term treatment with mare's milk is required.
The Friedrich-Schiller Universiteit Jena has been studying the benefits of mare's milk as a supportive treatment for over ten years. The scientists agree that some proteins in mare's milk — especially lysozymes, lactoferrin, hemoglobin A, and lactose — stimulate the intestinal flora and the immune system of the patients. Their published studies on the influence of mare's milk on dermatitis and other chronic inflammatory diseases point out the benefits of long-term intake of mare's milk for at least six months.