In 2013, a group of researchers at the University of Leicester, England, conducted one of the most significant studies. They found that acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), a naturally occurring compound, can target and even kill cancer cells. These findings are brilliant, because they prove that AKVA can destroy late-stage ovarian cancer.
“Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side-effects,” lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani explained. These findings can be taken to a clinical trial level, and later used in treating ovarian cancer.
Kills cancer and reduces radiation side effects
The Leicester findings build on a large and still growing body of evidence that frankincense and its compounds have powerful immune-boosting and cancer-fighting benefits.
A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2009, for example, found that the herbal form of frankincense triggered death in bladder cancer cells by activating several different cellular pathways. Another study, conducted by researchers from Nihon University in Tokyo and published in Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, showed that several chemical components of frankincense were able to kill three separate human neuroblastoma cell lines. The same study also found that frankincense inhibited the growth of Epstein-Barr virus.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in nerve cells and primarily affects young children. Other studies have shown that frankincense and its components can kill cancers of the brain, breast, colon, pancreas, prostate and stomach.
Frankincense may also help mitigate the often-debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. One study, published in the journal Cancer in 2011, was performed on brain cancer patients experiencing cerebral edema (swelling) as a side effect of radiation therapy. The researchers found that 60 percent of participants given frankincense experienced a 75 percent reduction in cerebral swelling, a potent enough result for the authors to recommend frankincense as a potential alternative to steroids, the current favored treatment. Side effects of steroids can include headaches, blurred vision and migraines.
Frankincense boosts immunity, which is why it has such a great power when it comes to destroying cancer. Researchers at Baylor University Medical Center confirmed that frankincense works on the expression of genes that regulate immunity, which eventually kills cancer. Another study from Phytotherapy Research revealed that frankincense exhibits the increase of key markers of the immune system, especially white blood cells and anti-inflammatory potential.
Frankincense is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. It can help in the treatment of infections, and autoimmune conditions like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It heals skin, acne and scarring, and also reduces anxiety.
Use it as an undiluted essential oil on your skin, or put a few drops under your tongue. Frankincense oil can be also diffused and breathed. This relieves respiratory ailments. You can also find it in powdered capsule form.
Boswellia carteri, B. serrate, and B. sacra are some of the species of frankincense. These three can fight cancer, as shown in several studies.
B. carteri originates in east Africa, and it’s widely studied. B. sacra, or “sacred frankincense,” was restricted from use by the Saudi royal household, and it was available only in Oman. The new distillery in Oman produces B. sacra essential oil, and it’s available for customers.