Yesterday's post looked at Myrrh as a form of herbal remedy for high cholesterol levels in the body. Today's post moves onto frankincense which has also been found to have useful properties. Cardiff university (Wales, UK) scientists have been researching the potential benefits of frankincense to help relieve and alleviate the symptoms of arthritis (this research was published in 2011).
Scientists at Cardiff university have devised a treatment using a rare form of frankincense, Boswellia frereana, which inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules which helps prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue which causes the condition.
The scientists commented on their results saying: "Having done this we are now able to further characterize the chemical entity and compare its success against other anti-inflammatory drugs used for treating the condition."
The hunt for new drugs to cure the symptoms of conditions like inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a priority area for researchers around the world. the Researchers at Cardiff university have been able to use innovative chemical extraction techniques to determine the active ingredient in frankincense.
Cardiff University. "A wise man's treatment for arthritis: Frankincense?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 August 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110621121316.htm>.