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It turns out that the “Three Wise Men” may have been even wiser than we thought.
According to the Bible, frankincense was one of the gifts bestowed by the three wise men who attended the Nativity of Christ, more than 2,000 years ago.
Now, according to scientific research and the testimony of numerous individuals, frankincense essential oil is being recognized as a possible treatment for several types of cancer.
Frankincense kills cancer cells, leaves healthy cells alone
Frankincense essential oil is derived from the Boswellia tree family, varieties of which grow in Asia and the Middle East. Boswellic acid – the active ingredient in frankincense – has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. These properties have been shown to be effective in killing cancer cells, while not affecting healthy cells.
From The Alternative Daily:
“Chinese and Ayurvedic medical models use frankincense as a major ingredient in treating many health conditions, including cancer. Western studies are now backing up this traditional use, showing that frankincense essential oil and extracts have potent anti-tumor activity. When frankincense was tested against human pancreatic cancer cells, the essential oil was able to cause substantial levels of cancer cell death by inhibiting signalling molecules and cell cycle regulators. The same effect was found in another study on bladder cancer cells.
“This study also tested the effect of the frankincense on normal bladder cells, and found that the essential oil was able to distinguish cancerous from normal cells. There were, again, multiple cell mechanism pathways activated by frankincense against the cancer cells. Overall the studies have indicated that no serious side effects have been recorded with continuous therapeutic use of frankincense essential oil.”
Other studies have shown that frankincense oil kills many types of cancer cells, including those from breast, stomach, brain, bladder, ovary, pancreatic, lung, colon and prostate cancers.
It has been discovered that frankincense essential oil may also be beneficial in relieving some of the side effects of traditional cancer treatments. Patients undergoing radiation therapy sometimes suffer afterwards from cerebral edema (swelling of the brain caused by accumulated fluid). The treatment for cerebral edema is usually based on steroid medications, which have their own set of side effects.