Everyone knows the story of how upon the birth of Jesus, wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. Back then, frankincense was used to make a perfume or to burn as incense. Since then, there have been other discoveries for its uses. It has been found to be helpful for arthritis treatment, healing open wounds and augmenting female hormone system. It has also been used as a purifier.
But the most significant new discovery for the use of frankincense is that it may be used for treating certain types of cancer. In 2008, research by the University of Oklahoma’s Health and Sciences Center concluded that it can be considered a possible alternative treatment for bladder cancer.
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell - the nucleus - from the ‘body’ - the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.” These are the words of immunologist Mahmoud Suhail who has studied the effects of frankincense on various types of cancer.
Research indicates that it may be years before it can be practically appied to this use, but he idea is fitting.