Frankincense and myrrh, two venerated gifts taken from the gum resins of trees - the Boswellia and the Commiphora, respectively – make amazing healing partners! Both have been tapped throughout history in perfume, incense, aromatherapy, and medicine, particularly Chinese medicine. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, and more assets deal with issues with a variety of health conditions, many that Young Chiropractic knows bother our Easley chiropractic patients and/or loved ones who may want to understand better!
THE COMBINATION: Frankincense and Myrrh
Chinese medicine admires frankincense and myrrh for their extensively positive health effects. Used in combination, their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects and notably for anti-tumor effects stopped growth of U266 multiple myeloma cells. (1) In Chinese medicine, frankincense-myrrh are elements of an anti-tumor drug for various cancers with the latest research revealing its effect on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). How? By controlling pathological processes like cytokine-receptor binding and pathways and affecting the blood vessels that serve tumors in HCC. Tumor volume was decreased, and pathological structure was diminished with frankincense and myrrh treatment. (2) Low dose frankincense/myrrh modulated urotheilial wound healing to help symptoms of acute interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. (3) The frankincense/myrrh combo proves itself to be a winning/healing one!
Young Chiropractic appreciates combinations of treatments to help our Easley chiropractic patients looking for healing. Chinese medicine treats diabetic neuropathy, a critical complication of diabetes and trigger of kidney disease, by controlling pathways involved in the glucose/lipid metabolism regulation, antioxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-fibrosis, etc. (4) Chinese medicine treatment of neuropathic pain commonly involves the frankincense-myrrh combination as it is described as having the ability to activate blood and disperse blood stasis. The combination was tested and found to lessen neuropathic pain likely related to neuro-inflammatory agents TLR4 and MyD88 and to averting TRPV1 and inflammatory factor expression. (5). Young Chiropractic knows all this detail may not be your “thing” of wanting to understand as in depth as this, but we want to give you the whole story if only to highlight how well frankincense-myrrh eases neuropathic pain, a great effect!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates inflammation’s role in spine pain and the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulation via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on the immune system and its regulation of inflammation. In the chiropractic treatment plan, including natural pain-relieving substances like Boswellia serrata (frankincense) to the nutrition part may benefit, too!
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment today. Gifting frankincense and myrrh might not be popular today, but using them for healing may need to become more popular!