Frankincense effectively kills ovarian cancer cells

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frankincense(NaturalHealth365) Could an ancient aromatic resin really hold the key to stopping the spread of ovarian cancer cells? Scientific research suggests that very well may be the case for frankincense, a plant resin derived from a tree called Boswellia, grown in parts of Arabia and Africa.

Frankincense has been prized for centuries as an anti-inflammatory treatment, used for alleviating symptoms of such varied conditions as asthma, gastroenteritis and a variety of skin disorders. Scientific research reveals there is some component within frankincense that has the ability to stop ovarian cancer from spreading, and even induce cancer cells to close down.

From a biblical story to laboratory success

Frankincense is probably best known as one of the three gifts, along with gold and myrrh, brought by the wise men at the birth of Christ. Historical records show that frankincense was produced in the Dhofar region as far back as 7,000 BC in Wadi Dawkah, a valley set inland from the major city of Salalah and the most likely area of origin for frankincense during Biblical times.

Frankincense is an aromatic resin hardened from the exuded tree gums of the genus Boswellia. The trees are most commonly found in Oman, Yemen, Somalia, India and China. Frankincense has been used in incense and perfumes, as well as religious rituals, since the time of ancient Egyptians.

But frankincense has also long been considered to have a variety of healing properties, relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, including Crohn’s disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties are believed to come about due to the resin’s ability to regulate immune cytokine production as well as leukocyte infiltration.

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Extracts from the Boswellia tree species have been shown to possess anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-neoplastic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Clinical investigations have shown the extracts are effective in reducing peritumoral edema in gliobastoma patients and reversing multiple brain metastasies in a breast cancer patient. This evidence suggests resins from Boswellia trees can influence critical biological functions.

Researchers like immunologist Mahmoud Suhail want to explore the cancer-stopping properties of frankincense further. It is known that cancer starts at the cellular level, when the DNA code within a cell’s nucleus becomes corrupt. But scientists have observed frankincense providing a type of reset function, communicating the correct DNA codes to the cell to allow for a type of “do over.”

Suhail characterizes the frankincense action as separating the nucleus from the cytoplasm components of the cell. In doing so, it likely closes down the nucleus to prevent it from replicating cancerous DNA codes.

A better way to care of cancer patients

Scientists hope that frankincense could some day revolutionize cancer treatments, offering a kinder, gentler approach to cancer care – one that did not leave behind a weakened patient with vulnerable immunity. Unlike conventional chemotherapy treatments where healthy cells are destroyed along with cancerous ones, it is hoped frankincense will destroy cancerous cells while letting healthy cells live.

The task before researchers now is to pinpoint the specific agent within frankincense that can accomplish this feat. This research is necessary since patients cannot be administered whole frankincense since some of its ingredients are allergenic. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the entire resin.

Promising scientific research for patients with ovarian cancer

Leicester University researchers believe they already have some answers. Scientists there identified the chemical compound in resin, acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid or AKBA, that seems to offer hope of a cure for ovarian cancer.

While previous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of AKBA as a potential treatment of other cancers, such as those effecting colon, breast and prostate, the Leicester University study is the first to show its ability to fight ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is a particularly dangerous cancer because it is very difficult to diagnose in early stages. Each year, over 20,000 new cases are reported and nearly 15,000 patients die of the disease. But now researchers say there is evidence that AKBA, isolated from frankincense, can fight ovarian cancer cells, even in the final stages.


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  • Roxanna Vallier

    where can you get good frankincense

    • Lee

      Roxanna Vallier,
      I’d like to suggest that you do a web search for “best essential oils.” I did that & was pleased that some authors had done my legwork for me. There are at least a couple of articles where the authors set out clear, relevant criteria for their evaluations of various suppliers. Reading those articles will definitely help you make a wise choice for the sake of purchasing high quality products.

  • Darlene

    How does one use frankincense on a regular basis for health? Mix into carrier oil and apply daily? Which part of the body absorbs best?

    • Loreta Schmitt

      I know frankincense can be used with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut. You use 4 drops of frankincense to a teaspoon of oil. If you have no reaction you can up the oil slowly to 8 drops and cut the amount of oil a little at a time.

      You apply it to where you need it except on mucus membranes or near the eyes.

  • Karen McPherson

    Plants and herbs have been used for medicinal purposes, since the beginning of time. Many cultures have embraced these medicinal treatments. So, these findings shouldn’t be a surprise. What would be more surprising is if frankincense was proven not to be helpful.
    This will not be the case.

  • Nurse Lori

    Frankincense has been tested over the centuries and the stories are the same it heals. What our scientist don’t get is if it can heal it has wonderful abilities, which help the body. They want proof, yet drugs get the seal of approval with very little testing.

  • Lee

    To Susan Kjargaard,
    While I certainly understand your skepticism (which I formerly had), I wish you could have listened to the recent free 8-day “The Truth about Cancer” series sponsored by Ty Bollinger. It was simply outstanding, and it included an expert in essential oils. (It’d definitely be worth your while to catch the first two videos which can still be viewed at no cost on the series site: go. thetruthaboutcancer. com/ )

    Until I saw it, I had no idea that essential oils could be so powerful! Fyi, my cancer was diagnosed in Aug. of 2013, and so of course, I am keenly attuned to any information which will help me to prevent its recurrence.

    You are spot on in suggesting that cancer patients cease all toxins, while eating a plant-based diet (and Ty’s series definitely advocates for that). Even so, essential oils can be a powerful supporting agent for over-all body health–including addressing cancer.

    From one cancer patient to another, I’d like to suggest you do a web search for “essential oils & cancer,” so as to check out for yourself the research available on essential oils’ health efficacy. It’s always good to know about all healthful options, don’t you think? Nature provides so many valuable tools for us to lovingly and intelligently care for the gift of life. Essential oils are definitely among them.

  • Lee

    To Donna MacCrossan,
    I suggest you do a web search for “best essential oils.” There are at least a couple of articles where the authors set out excellent criteria for their evaluations of various suppliers. Reading those articles will definitely help you make a wise choice for the sake of purchasing high quality products.

  • cantnotar

    I see lots of discussion about all different types of cancer, but very little if anything about Multiple Myeloma. Some (any) information about things that have worked to slow down or stop the advance would be appreciated immensely.

    • George Henry

      Don’t be fooled into thinking that multiple myeloma won’t respond to the same natural therapies that are used for other cancers. Cancer is just that and it’s location in the body matters little when it comes to alternative methods. Cannnabis oil, frankincense, turmeric, Vit. D3, IP6, selenium, and dozens of other plants and foods all have a positive effect. Even juicing raw veggies has an effect if done properly. Do your research and you will see that it doesn’t matter where or what “type” a person has when it comes to natural therapies.