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Frankincense for Arthritis?

Frankincense for Arthritis?

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.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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10:24AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for posting.

8:51AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

thanks

10:52AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thank you

3:53AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

thanks

11:08AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

The alays come up with something , some studies say it is good for you, and then some studies say it is bad for you .
I dont know what is what any more

12:41AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Very interesting. If it helps, I say go for it! Thanks.

8:00PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Very interesting! Thank you for posting this great information!

3:24PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks. I felt like the article was incomplete, more information should have been given.

10:10AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

thanks for the information!

6:01AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Noted with interest.

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