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Frankincense and myrrh suppresses inflammation

Research  in Scientific Reports indicate that frankincense and myrrh can suppress inflammation and prevent/treat rheumatoid arthritis. An extensive 2011 Scientific Report concluded that frankincense and myrrh may be beneficial as an anti-inflammatory agent. This was supported by a 2015 study that showed strong evidence for frankincense and myrrh as an inflammation suppressor. [1]


The synergy of frankincense and myrrh

In Chinese medicine, frankincense and myrrh have been combined as drug pairs in the same prescription for thousands of years, and their combination has a better therapeutic effect on diseases than a single drug.

In the past, most of the studies on frankincense and myrrh focused on single-flavor medicines, and all aspects of research were relatively in-depth. However, in recent years, with the rise of network sciences such as systems biology and network pharmacology, drug combination has become a hot topic in modern drug research and a new trend in the development of modern drugs. [2]


Frankincense and myrrh as remedy for nerve pain

This study found that a mixture of frankincense and myrrh alleviated neuropathic pain in mice.

An aqueous blend of myrrh and frankincense plant extracts can be used to relieve pain sensation. In this study, the effect of combined water extract of frankincense and myrrh on neuropathic (nerve) pain in mice was investigated.

The results showed that the aqueous blend was able to alleviate allodynia (nerve pain) and thermal hypersensitivity (heat intolerance) in the subjects. [3]

Frankincense-Myrrh inhibition of neuroglia

In this study we learned neuroglia are important modulators of neuronal functionality, and thus play an integral role in the treatment of neuropathic pain. 

Frankincense-Myrrh treatment alleviates neuropathic pain via the inhibition of neuroglia activation mediated by pathway signaling.  [4]


Repairing nerve damage

Effect of Frankincense Extract on Nerve Recovery in the Rat Sciatic Nerve Damage Model.  The study concluded frankincense extract was able to promote sciatic nerve regeneration and improve the function of a crushed sciatic nerve. [5]


Coconut oil speeds up healing

Treating the wounds with coconut oil speeds up healing, improved antioxidant status and increased levels of collagen, an important protein that aids in wound healing. [6]

Frankincense effectiveness on Inflammation 

  • This is a systematic review of data from randomized clinical trials

  • It shows encouraging results for conditions caused or maintained by inflammation.

Clinal trials of 47 studies on boswellia serrata (frankincense) showed that the compound was effective for treating both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. On top of that, the research also concluded that frankincense was effective for treating other conditions, such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Collectively, these data seem to indicate that boswellia serrata extracts are effective in treating a range of conditions caused or maintained by inflammatory processes.  

The evidence evaluated may be encouraging, but all the clinical trials had a small sample size.  [7]


Frankincense mitigates inflammation
Frankincense reduces inflamation which is linked to cancer.  [8]