Research on mare's milk for skin disorders
The most important studies of the soothing effects of mare's milk on the human skin were published by the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, in the context of a large-scaled poll among both doctors and patients, that was conducted in 2009.
The goal of this anonymous survey was to collect and study the experiences of patients that were undergoing a treatment with mare's milk, in order to prove its beneficial qualities. Over 90% of the interviewees suffering from various types of skin conditions reported that the severity of their symptoms - such as itchiness and the erratic sleep associated with it - drastically decreased. According to prof. Dr. Rainer Schubert, who overlooked the study, the improvement of these symptoms can be medically supported.
In their study, dr. Schubert and one of his students, Lydia Pechmann, went over more than 100 case studies from patients that had been consuming mare's milk on a regular basis during the six months prior to the study, at a rate of about one cup per day.
The first positive results could be noted as soon as two weeks after the start of the experiment - especially with skin disorders. Monthly dermatological follow-ups using an elaborate 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 drug, which doesn't work for every individual either.
75% of all consumers having intestinal or respiratory problems, or problems with the liver or their circulation reacted positively to drinking mare's milk; findings that were acknowledged irrefutably by the scientist panel. The group of people with intestinal disorders unanimously reported a decrease in symptoms and increased health conditions. The scientist noted though, that for optimal results a long-term treatment with mare's milk was required.
The University of Jena has been studying the benefits of mare's milk as a supportive treatment for over ten years. The scientists believe that the special proteins contained in mare's milk - especially lysozymes, lactoferrin, secreted hemoglobin A and lactose derived from the milk - 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 value of a long-term intake of mare's milk for at least six months.