Since from the time of the Ancients, Frankincense has been used medicinally for its anti-inflammatory action. Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory property allows it to treat a whole host of inflammatory diseases, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. A less well-known property is that Frankincense brings clarity to the mind, thanks to Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory properties derived from Boswellic acid and the essential oil. Understand that inflammation takes away from our ability to think. In excess, inflammation causes brain fog. For example, have you noticed how sluggish your mind was while suffering a cold? This is caused by the fact that your body is devoting its energy to combating the disease, limiting the amount of energy that your brain receives.

It’s important to know that the preparations of herbal medications derived from Frankincense is advantageous in comparison to typical pharmaceuticals. Frankincense treats inflammatory illnesses with minimum side-effects. Whereas the Pharmaceutical variants called “Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” (NSAIDs, examples being an aspirin or ibuprofen) and corticosteroids (ie. Cortisol) are reported to cause liver damage along with other severe health complications in the long run.

The main constituent, which gives Frankincense its treasured anti-inflammatory property, is Boswellic acid. Boswellic acid acts by blocking the enzyme responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandin E2. Prostaglandin E2 is one of the mediators of the immune response and plays a decisive role in the process of inflammation, in the development of fever and of pain. Boswellic acids block this enzyme efficiently and thereby reduce the inflammatory reaction. Again, Boswellic acids have fewer side effects than today’s prevalent anti-inflammatory treatments like diclofenac or indometacin. Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories impact is less specific; they can increase the risk of stomach ulcers and can negatively affect renal function.

Boswellic Acid has also been shown to cause the apoptosis, or self-destruction, of cancer cells. This special effect is particular to brain tumors and cells affected by leukemia or colon cancer. The anti-cancerous property of Boswellic acid is potentially invaluable to brain cancer victims,  who have few effective treatment options for fighting brain cancer, other than surgery. Boswellic Acid also demonstrates hepaprotective (liver protecting) effects when used in small quantities. The only species of Frankincense that have a significant quantity of Boswellic acid are Carterii, Sacra, Serrata, and Papyrifera.

See Part2: The Medical Properties of Boswellia Sacra/Carterii {FIX}

Author: Raqib Zaman