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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Donna Hamilton
Donna H6 years ago

Thanks for posting.

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Danuta W.
Danuta W6 years ago


Ed Z.
Ed Z6 years ago

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

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

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

Jean Smith
Jean Smith6 years ago

Very interesting! Thank you for posting this great information!

Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

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

Annemarie W.
Annemarie L6 years ago

thanks for the information!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Noted with interest.