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This follows an earlier study which showed that the milk from horses reduced eczema symptoms by an average of 30 per cent.
The same study found that the patients also had higher levels of ‘good’ bacteria after treatment. Good bacteria are thought to have an antiinflammatory effect, as well as boosting the immune system.
In the latest German trial, conducted at the University of Jena, patients were given either 250ml of mare’s milk or a placebo daily for two months. Those who had the milk suffered less abdominal pain and needed less medication.
It’s not clear what is in the milk that is beneficial, but the researchers believe it ‘could improve the well-being of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis’.
Other Health Benefits:
Toward the end of the 19th century, kumis had a strong enough reputation as a cure-all to support a small industry of “kumis cure” resorts, mostly in southeastern Russia, where patients were “furnished with suitable light and varied amusement” during their treatment, which consisted of drinking large quantities of kumis. W. Gilman Thompson’s 1906 Practical Diatetics reports that kumis has been cited as beneficial for a range of chronic diseases, including tuberculosis, bronchitis, catarrh, and anemia. Gilman also says that a large part of the credit for the successes of the “kumis cure” is due not to the beverage, but to favorable summer climates at the resorts. Among notables to try the kumis cure were writers Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. Chekhov, long-suffering from tuberculosis, checked into a kumis cure resort in 1901. Drinking four bottles a day for two weeks, he gained 12 pounds but no cure.
Nutritional properties of mare’s milk
87.9% of Inner Mongolians are lactose intolerant. During fermentation, the lactose in mare’s milk is converted into lactic acid, ethanol, and carbon dioxide, and the milk becomes an accessible source of nutrition for people who are lactose intolerant.
Before fermentation, mare’s milk has almost 40% more lactose than cow’s milk According to one modern source, “unfermented mare’s milk is generally not drunk”, because it is a strong laxative. Varro’s On Agriculture, from the 1st century BC, also mentions this: “as a laxative the best is mare’s milk, then donkey’s milk, cow’s milk, and finally goat’s milk…”; drinking six ounces (190 ml) a day would be enough to give a lactose-intolerant person severe intestinal symptoms.
Mail Online. Aug.21.2009