Is it any wonder that in ancient times, Frankincense was said to treat anything from “gout to a broken head”? The following is our modern medical proof. It’s taken from Dr. Suhail M.D.’s talk at the 2010 Essential Oil Convention in Utah:
There is an enormous amount of literature and study being conducted into Frankincense essential oil, and also into Boswellic acids which are one of the key ingredients in Frankincense oil (but not in Boswellia frereana….you should use Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra instead).
Here is a compilation of the results of some of this literature:
Frankincense and/or Boswellic Acids have been shown to be effective against:
Acne – In cosmetics, used to help with acne
Allergy – Inhibits 5 lipoxygenase enzyme, the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes (an inflammation indicator) – so it will work for allergy, arthritis, autoimmune disease, in a similar manner to non-steroidal drugs.
Anxiety – alleviates anxiety (John Hopkins hospital study)
Arthritis – improves rheumatoid and osteoarthritis (India study)
Rheumatoid arthritis involves joint capsule (swelling, inflammed synovial nerve pain), osteoarthritis involves joint space and cartilage (leads to more limitation in movement). 42 osteoarthritis patients were studied. Boswellic acid (one of the primary constituents in frankincense oil) improved the patients clinically and biochemically (ie. pain and disability were reduced), but not radiologically. Boswellic acids work well in arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Inhibits 5 lipoxygenase enzyme, the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes (an inflammation indicator) – so it will work for allergy, arthritis, autoimmune disease, in a similar manner to non-steroidal drugs.
Works also through prevention of glycosaminoglycan degradation. Clinical studies using formulas containing Frankincense have yielded good results in both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.
An extract of frankincense resin was studied in arthritis at a dose of 3.6gm daily successfully
80 patients were given boswellia gum resin preparation of 300mg 3x daily for 6 weeks. 70% of patients given the extract showed significant improvement in asthma (ie. remission)
reduces symptoms (India study)
Auto-immune disease – Inhibits 5 lipoxygenase enzyme, the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes (an inflammation indicator) – so it will work for allergy, arthritis, autoimmune disease, in a similar manner to non-steroidal drugs
Bacteria – used against mould and bacteria during the monsoon season (Frankincense stem bark has been tested for this)
Bronchitis – reduces symptoms (India study)
Bursitis – Boswellic acids (found in Frankincense oil) work well in arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis
Selectively kills bladder cancer cells (Oklahoma MSU)
Chemical extracts of Frankincense resins might possess anti-cancer activities, based on their anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities in rat astrocytoma cell lines.
Frankincense essential oil have also been shown to possess cytostatic and cytotoxic activities in multiple human cancer cell lines, including meningioma cells, leukemia cells, hepatoma cells, melanoma cells, fibrosarcoma cells, colon cancer cells, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer cells.
Derivatives of boswellic acid are suitable for the palliative treatment of progressive or relapsing brain tumors
Coughs and Colds
Reduces symptoms (India study)
Traditionally used in Oman to treat coughs (antitussive and bronchodilator) – a few drops of resin soaked in water overnight, drink the next day.
Crohn’s Disease – India study shows that Frankincense oil aids this diseases
Depression – alleviates depression (John Hopkins hospital study)
Endometriosis – used in treatment of this condition (China study)
Fibroids – used in treatment of this condition (China study)
Hepatitis C – chemical extracts of frankincense resin were found to significantly inhibit Hepatitis C virus protease…