Many of us have learned that for successful treatment of ‘modern’ ailments only look at latest pharmaceutical developments. Although the answers may well be found in the Holy Bible. Take frankincense as an example, the oil of boswellia tree, which has not only found reputation in folk medicine but also according to latest medical research in our time. With special reference to ‘modern’ ailments such as arthritis, asthma, depression – and even cancer.
Cathy O’Brien from Torrance, CA, asks:
When we visited Italy’s capital Rome recently, my husband who didn’t feel quite well, was exposed to the herb frankincense to recover quickly. What kind of ‘wonder herb’ is this I have never heard about?
As a Christian, you know about the Three Wise Men who offered Jesus 3 gifts. One of these gifts was frankincense, the oil of the tree boswellia. What makes this herb so special to honor Jesus with?
Chances are good the Three Wise Men (stress 'wise') had known about the natural healing power of frankincense - ?
In fact, frankincense is known very well not only in folk medicine over thousands of years. According to latest medical research, boswellic acid being part of frankincense, may fight inflammation which in fact is our body’s natural answer to infections. As it is involved, inter alia, in rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, bronchial asthma, Crohn’s disease, and depression – all ailments of our ‘modern’ civilization.
Same is with another seemingly ‘harmless’ health problem of our time which however, can turn into life threat, and where frankincense is an encouraging natural answer: the skin infection cellulitis which can cause inflammation all over the body, thus becoming even a serious risk of death.
Even more exciting: according to latest research frankincense may even kill cancer cells – without attacking healthy cells at the same time, as chemotherapy does in a life-threatening way, without any differentiation. Proven by recent studies on, inter alia, bladder cancer and breast cancer.
Although more clinical studies are needed, this is certainly an encouraging hope, and a potential way out of the vicious cycle most cancer patients are in. Just talk to your healthcare provider, and read the label carefully if you order frankincense on your own.
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD