In lithotherapy, reiki, Chinese medicine and many other alternative medicines, Amber is known to have powerful therapeutic qualities. It acts effectively if worn often and over long periods of time. When treating babies and children with amber, it is recommended that the piece would be worn by the mother. Amber contains succinic acid, a natural analgesic, and healing agent. Throughout centuries, baltic amber has been used to treat teething pain, arthritis, depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism and regulate the balance of acids.
The classical names for amber, Latin electrum and Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron), are connected to a term ἠλέκτωρ (ēlektōr) meaning "beaming Sun". Great antique civilizations such as Egyptians, Romans, Greeks or Phenicians were believing that amber was a liquid produced by the rays of the sun and of divine nature. Nowadays, many modern religions and spiritual movement such as Wicca use amber gemstones for protection and its calming energy.