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Traditional Mi’kmaq medicine could become modern skin therapy – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 13, 2019107 Views

Researchers at Cape Breton University to study birch bark oil to treat rashes, eczema

Dec 13, 2019

Researchers at Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton University have received a $850,000 grant to develop a traditional Mi’kmaq medicine for potential future commercial production as a skin ointment.

Maskwiomin is made from the oil of birch bark and is used to treat skin conditions such as rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

Matthias Bierenstiel, a chemistry professor at Cape Breton University, said the traditional medicine could be a “powerful” remedy for people who suffer from such conditions.

He said modern medicine and ointments used to treat skin conditions are typically hit or miss, but so far, maskwiomin is proving to be much more effective.

“We have great anecdotal evidence now,” said Bierenstiel. “People [are] coming back to us and saying, ‘I used it. My skin hasn’t been better. My outbreak on the skin has been cleared up within a few days, almost miraculously’.”

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