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Asphaltum is produced by the decomposition of plants on rock’s surface; the secretions of plants i.e. latex, gums and resins. An unprocessed asphaltum may contain fulvic acid, humic acid, amino acid, essential fatty acids, gums proteins, waxes, steroids, and vitamins. It also contains plenty of calcium and trace amounts of aluminum, magnesium, potassium, and iron, etc. Asphaltum has so many therapeutic applications because of its two major and primary compounds i.e. fulvic acid and dibenzo-α-pyrones. It has been used for the treatment of many diseases like diabetes, jaundice, anemia, urinary diseases, tuberculosis, asthma, jaundice, gall bladder disease, enlarge spleen, renal calculi, digestive troubles, dyspepsia, neurological disease, dysmenorrhea, menorrhea genitor urinary disease, tuberculosis, leprosy eczema, anemia, chronic bronchitis, asthma, fracture of bones and in various other treatments. Asphaltum is an effective antiulcer agent, memory and learning enhancing and possess anti-oxidant property, cardiac stimulating activity, hypolipidimic activity and active against kidney problems. It is also used to reduce the aging effects in humans.

Andrzej ŁUKASZYK – przewodniczący, Szczepan BILIŃSKI,
Mieczysław CHORĄŻY, Włodzimierz KOROHODA,

Adres redakcji:
Katedra i Zakład Histologii i Embriologii Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Poznaniu, ul. Święcickiego 6, 60-781 Poznań, tel. +48 61 8546453, fax. +48 61 8546440, email: mnowicki@ump.edu.pl

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