The answer to treating arthritis might be found in an old herbal remedy–frankincense, according to Cardiff University scientists.
The scientists have been looking at the possible benefits of frankincense to help relieve and alleviate the symptoms of the painful condition.
According to Dr. Emma Blain (who is leading the research with Professor Vic Duance from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Dr Ahmed Ali of the Compton Group), ”The South West of England and Wales has a long standing connection with the Somali community who have used extracts of frankincense as a traditional herbal remedy for arthritic conditions.
“What our research has focused on is whether and how these extracts can help relieve the inflammation that causes the pain,” she noted.
The researchers are working on demonstrating that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana (a rare frankincense species) inhibits the production of major inflammatory molecules which helps prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue which causes the condition.