10 Examples of Historical Cross-Culture Colostrum Use

Scientists have long baffled over the life-giving components of life’s first milk. Recent studies have shown that colostrum is full of immune-boosting substances, and there are thousands of published scientific articles highlighting that colostrum can treat a wide range of conditions without side effects. But before microscopes and computers existed, centuries of healers (and mothers!) already knew what colostrum could do for the body. Here are just 10 examples of historical uses of colostrum from around the world.

  1. In ancient Chinese medicine, colostrum was considered a health-giving potion.
  2. In the 1950’s, the Western medicine used colostrum, then called “immune milk,” to fight rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. British dairy farmers have long collected milk from mother cows after they fed their newborn calves and used the surplus colostrum to make a health-enhancing pudding.
  4. Scandinavian people also have a tradition of making pudding with honey and colostrum to celebrate life.  
  5. “The Book of Sirach,” which was written between 200-175 BCE, ranked the “first milk” among the wheat, salt, water, fire, and others as the “necessities of life.”  
  6. Before antibiotics were invented in the U.S., bovine colostrum was used to fight bacterial infections in the 20th century.
  7. Ayurvedic Indian physicians have used colostrum for both spiritual and physical healing for 2000+ years.
  8. Indian spiritual leaders (Rishis) also knew of the benefits of colostrum from the time cows were first domesticated.
  9. The Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania considered colostrum a part of a healthy diet.
  10. German physician Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland discovered a correlation between healthy growth and colostrum consumption in the 1700s.