Mumie Moomiyo, Russina
January 12 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Mumie is a semihard black resin formed by long-term humification. It has been used as part of traditional folk medicine for many centuries. Very little human research is available.

Phytother Res. 2013. Safety and Efficacy of Shilajit (Mumie, Moomiyo). Shilajit (mumie; moomiyo, mummiyo) has been used for a wide variety of illnesses and conditions for many years. However, relatively few well-controlled human studies have been conducted on the effects of shiliajit, although a growing number of studies have been published in recent years involving animal and in vitro systems. The safety of shilajit is well documented based on animal and human studies. Various research studies indicate that shilajit exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, immunomodulatory, and anti-dyslipidemic properties. Animal and human studies indicate that shilajit enhances spermatogenesis. Furthermore, animal and human data support its use as a 'revitalizer', enhancing physical performance and relieving fatigue with enhanced production of ATP. Key constituents responsible for these effects appear to be dibenzo-α-pyrones and fulvic acid and their derivatives. Various mechanistic studies provide support for the above observed effects. Additional well-controlled human and animal studies involving the use of standardized products are needed.

Mumie studies
Characterization and biological activities of humic substances from mumie.
J Agric Food Chem. 2003.
For this study crude mumie was fractionated into fulvic acid, humic acid, humin, hymatomelanic acid, and two low molecular weight fractions.

Q. Have you or your staff done any research on Russian Moomiyo, or Mumie supplement? It is a powerful anabolic herb, taken from caves in Tajikistan (at least the stuff I use, from a supplier in Canada). I wonder if you have any idea if Mumie is harmful in any way, or safe. I use it minimally. It has been used by the Russians for decades, by athletes and the military.
   A. I know very little about mumie and have not used it personally.
      Q. Mumie is bituminous plant matter taken from the Juniper, and if I'm not mistaken, is the Russian (Tajikistan) version of Indian shilajit, which as you know is harvested from the base of the Indian Himalayas. I may be wrong but I think it is the same substance. Some authorities have speculated at this early juncture that mumie may come to be considered an anti-cancer fighting substance of the 21st century. I know that it does help with my weightlifting, but is so powerful that I had to cut the dose to 200mg--one capsule--with food, as it made my skin breakout when taken at 400 on an empty stomach. I admire Dr. Sahelian's work and products, so I thought he might look into this herb and possibly market it on his own. I haven't seen mumie offered in local So. Calif. health food stores, so as I said I have to buy it from Canada. It may be a viable new product for the doctor, as it is used for sex purposes as well.