Monday, 7 March 2011
Arthritis - Frankincense and Myrhh
The two ingredients have a medical history of relieving the inflammation associated with rheumatic and osteopathic forms of arthritis.
There have been more than 20 scientific studies carried out on these two ingredients in the past 15 years for the treatment of arthritic and other inflammation, the most recent of which was this year at the Indira Gandhi Medical College at Nagpur in India. The boswellia serrata tree is found in India.
The study was on the effect of boswellia serrata extract on knee-joint inflammation in 50 osteoarthritic patients over a two-month period.
Osteoarthritis is a common, chronic, progressive, skeletal, degenerative disorder which commonly affects the knee joint.
The study noted that those applying the extract to the skin reported up to 70 per cent better mobility in their knee joints and a 50 to 60 per cent decrease in knee-joint swelling. In addition, the frequency of the swelling was significantly reduced.
Many of the patients reported the results as being more immediate and effective than conventional ibuprofen-based anti-inflammatory treatments.
Another study, carried out last year at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Tubingen in Germany, found that commiphora molmol (myrrh) extract was found to have significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects when used on localised acute and chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritic patients.
Myrrh is found in abundance in Jordan, where it has been trialled extensively for its anti-inflammatory effects and is sold in chemists as a treatment for inflammatory conditions.
The study found that the myrrh extract significantly reduced swelling in hands and feet. It is thought to work by reducing the levels of leukotaxine (a chemical produced by injured tissue that causes inflammation) as well as helping to reduce the permeability of blood capillaries, which can also add to inflammation and pain in joints and surrounding tissue.
Myrrh, when taken orally in the same trial, helped reduce inflammation associated with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which are also thought to be triggered by high levels of leukotaxine in the intestinal tracts. The first UK trial of this treatment is being carried out by Dr Robert Jacobs, a GP from Devon, on 30 of his arthritic patients.
Dr Jacobs is convinced by the medical data supporting the effects of frankincense and myrrh and believes it to be the most effective combination of all plant extract formulations for anti-inflammatory purposes that he has encountered during his professional career.
Dr Jacobs says: 'Both myself and my wife are arthritis sufferers and we have been trying the cream for several weeks. 'We've found it to be as good as, if not better than, conventional prescription anti- inflammatories such as Naproxen.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-204154/How-frankincense-cures-arthritis.html#ixzz1FvTgx9hC
Posted by Ian Brealey at 07:04