Although Moomiyo has been used in the folk medicine of different countries for almost
two thousand years, there are still many legends involving its mysterious origin. In
Russia, serious research has been conducted on Mumie (moomiyo) since 1910. The
research has become even more intense in the last three decades. This research was
supported through government financing and conducted at major laboratories within the
national science and medicine academies of Kirgysia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the
areas of moomiyo's origin.
Health organizations aren't the only groups interested in moomiyo. In Russia and many of
the former USSR republics, moomiyo is considered a strategic material and is used
extensively as a performance enhancer within the armed forces to help prepare
cosmonauts before and during space travel. Moomiyo is also an important part of the
restoration programs of national and Olympic-level athletes.
To locate the origin of the word "mumie", one would have to go back 2,500 years to the
time of the ancient philosopher and scientist Aristotle. He proposed the first procedures
for testing the compound as well as its initial preparation in grape juice, honey and milk.
Moomiyo is often used to treat bone fractures and strains of muscles and ligaments,
stomach disorders, nervous and cardiovascular problems, the inflammation of joints, and
impotency. It is a good bio-stimulator and serves to elevate the immune system and
neuro-homoral regulation, control oxidation-reduction processes, and has a positive
influence on mineral metabolism. The most recent survey of the practical applications of
moomiyo comes from Moscow through the efforts of Dr.'s A.A. Altamyshev and B.K.
Kortshubelkov and supported by the Russian Committee of Cosmonauts. To date, several
hundred research investigations have been conducted on moomiyo, which clearly point
to its mechanisms of action and its usefulness.
In sport, moomiyo is prized for its significant tonic and anabolic effect on both physical
and mental processes. According to many coaches and physicians inside the Russian
national program, a budget of 5 million rubles was allocated by the Soviet government to
the USSR State Sport Committee for research and application of moomiyo as a natural
anabolic for sport use in the preparation of athletes for the Olympic Games.
Thanks to this research, plus much practical experience using moomiyo in sport over the
last several years, it is well understood why the compound is so highly regarded for
athletic performance and why all the research was classified as a "state secret".
An important role in the formation of moomiyo is the climatic conditions of the region
from which it comes. Within this region are found many thousands of plant species and
herbs. For example, the Tajikistan republic is home to over 6500 different plants, over
half of which are not found anywhere else on earth. It is this great variety of highly
bioactive material, combined with the region's climatic conditions, that contributes to
the development of moomiyo.
The general character of this region facilitated the formation of specific plant forms
enriched in either oils, alkaloids, glycosides, saponins, chlorophyll, carotenes, flavinoids,
cumaries, etc., each serving as a valuable raw material for the pharmaceutical and food
industries. This diversity of plant materials causes a unique variability of animals in the
region, and wild animals from this area differ from animals of other parts of the world as
characterized by a richer content of micro-elements and biologically active compounds
in their organs and muscles.
From the ceilings of high mountain caves hang black icicles having the specific bitter
taste and smell of moomiyo. For this reason moomiyo has been referred to as "mountain
tear", "mountain blood", and "balsam of rock". It is the digest of many flora at the crest
of the mountains under very special conditions that produces the moomiyo which then
drops to the floor of the caves where it can be collected. Because this special digest
accumulates no more than twice a year, moomiyo is a rare find. A kilo of extract may
require the collection of many raw kilograms over a period of a month.
Mainly because of its growth-promoting ability, moomiyo has become popular among
Russian and other East European athletes. Moomiyo is commonly administered during
periods of high-intensity training and on into recovery.
According to unpublished information gathered from Russian elite athletes, coaches and
sport scientists, the use of moomiyo can increase training loads by 15-27%. This is a
significant improvement at any level of athletics. Furthermore, moomiyo facilitates the
complete long term overnight recovery as documented by the morning biochemical blood
and urine testing.
There is one more aspect of the benefits of moomiyo to athletics. Like other
adaptogens, moomiyo can be effective at preventing age-related hormone dependent
disorders and, therefore, should be considered for non-competitive athletes over the
age of forty who still participate in fitness programs.
An opinion exists that the stimulating effects of moomiyo relate to the high content of
dicarbonic acids (succinic, glutamic and aspartic). These bioactive instances appear in
the final substance as a result of oxidative deaminiation of amino acids during the long
term formation period of moomiyo. The same mechanism is thought to be responsible for
moomiyo's outstanding anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It is very beneficial at
reducing joint soreness of the knees, shoulders and the elbows of heavy lifters.
In summary, moomiyo can play an important growth-promoting and restorative role in
the preparation of the elite athlete. Bodybuilders, powerlifters and other Western
athletes have only recently become aware of the tremendous powers of moomiyo since
its importation to the USA only a few years ago. Moomiyo is recommended highly for any
athlete of the intermediate or advanced level, who pushes his or her training to the