Birch bark is an effective remedy against malaria and pneumonia. It is an excellent remedy to heal wounds, to get a low pressure up, and to relieve headaches.
In line with traditional medicine, the official medicine abroad and in Russia recognizes that birch bark and its components contain healing qualities. It is well known that birch bark is rich in betulin (birch camphor), approximately one third of the dry weight of the bark. Birch tree was dubbed White Gold in the Boreal Forest because of its beneficial biological effect.
The anti-stress action of birch bark has also been studied. It has been shown that betulin acts as a relieving agent for acute stomach problems such as reserpine and histamine ulcers, sub-chronic ulcers related to Butadion, as well as ulcers related to the intake of acetylsalicylic acid and acetone.
Birch bark has powerful anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-bacterial qualities. The next time you happen to go to the forest, you should kick in a fallen birch tree with your foot: the inside of the tree will collapse, but the bark will stay intact. Russian town Novgorod birch bark letters had been lying buried in the ground for almost 700 years. They are now on exhibit in the museum in a very well preserved state.