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Male frankincense: treats arthritis, gingivitis, irritable bowel, and asthma



Frankincense is obtained from a tree called Boswellia, which grows in dry and mountainous regions such as Africa and the Middle East. 

Male frankincense: treats arthritis, gingivitis, irritable bowel, and asthma
Male frankincense: treats arthritis, gingivitis, irritable bowel, and asthma

It was used in folk medicine to treat many physical and skin diseases, such as arthritis, allergic asthma and digestive diseases, in addition to treating oral problems, and this is what we will talk about in this article.

Benefits of male frankincense

Reduce arthritis

Frankincense is one of the antioxidants that fight inflammation, because it contains the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds (terpenes and boswellic acid), so it can be used to reduce arthritis, by preventing the spread of leukotriene and this substance is responsible for causing inflammation.

 In order to confirm its effectiveness and benefits in treating arthritis, several studies and research were conducted to detect this, including: 

  • Participants in the study were given a small percentage of male frankincense extract equivalent to 169 milliliters, twice a day for 120 days, and after the end of the period it was found that the symptoms of arthritis And stiffness in the knee, has become clearer than before and without any side effects, and this is in mild to moderate cases. 

  • Another study found that putting male frankincense oil and anointing it on the site of arthritis pain, for a period of 6 weeks, may treat a good percentage. 

  • A study also found that taking a small amount of curcumin extract with a little frankincense extract 3 times a day for 12 weeks is effective in relieving joint pain, as its strong effectiveness comes after taking it with curcumin.

Treating symptoms of irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps treat bowel diseases and help it do its job properly.

 An experiment was conducted in 2017 and it was found that the use of frankincense with the appropriate herbs, significantly reduces the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (such as bloating, abdominal pain, depression and anxiety, and others).

 To reach the effective result, frankincense is taken daily for 6 months.

 In addition to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can also treat ulcerative colitis and relieve its symptoms with a very good result, by taking it daily for 4 weeks.

Asthma treatment

Frankincense has been used since ancient times in the treatment of respiratory diseases, especially asthma and bronchitis, and its results were amazing. 

This was confirmed by recent research, which indicated that the compounds present in male frankincense prevent the production of leukotrienes, which are responsible for constriction of the airways and access to the state of asthma. 

Another benefit for asthma is that it fights cytokines, which produce mucus in case of severe asthma.

 As for the studies, it was found after an experimental period that lasted for four weeks that the people who took frankincense extract, in conjunction with taking the chemical drug, it was found that they need to inhale their medicine at a lower rate than before.

Treating gum and oral diseases

Frankincense contributes to treating gum disease and keeping it clean, due to the acids present in frankincense, which work to kill bacteria that cause oral and gum disease, and thus treat gum infections. 

In a study conducted on a group of people suffering from gum infections, they were given a gum containing frankincense extract to chew, and they continued to chew it for 5 hours, and during this period, tests were done for them, and it was found that with every hour of chewing, the percentage of bacteria decreased .

Cancer resistance

Studies have found that frankincense can be anti-cancer, because the acids in it have the ability to prevent the spread of cancer cells.

 Research has revealed that frankincense fights cancer cells in many types of cancers such as:

  • Prostate cancer.
  • breast cancer.
  • skin cancer.
  • Colon Cancer.

In addition, it helps reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. 

This result came after a study conducted on people who were being treated for brain tumors, and they were given an amount of frankincense equivalent to 4500 mg per day, and it was found that it helps reduce brain edema.

How to use frankincense

  1. The method of using male frankincense varies, you can take it in the form of tablets or capsules, as a skin cream, or inhale the smell of its oil.
  2.  An essential oil is also available from it that is diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil. 
  3. It is placed on the place of pain, but it is cautioned to take it. Frankincense is considered a safe food supplement and has no side effects, however, you should consult your doctor before using it. 
  4. The doses used vary according to the disease state, so you should refer to a specialist to determine the appropriate amount before using it.

Wrong information about male gum

It is worth noting that after talking about the many benefits of male frankincense, it should be noted that there are myths and misinformation spread among people about its benefits, including:

  •  reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
  •  Fight diabetes.
  •  Treating skin and skin problems.
  •  Enhance memory and protect the brain.
  •  Reducing the incidence of heart disease. 
  • It improves fertility.
  • Reducing symptoms associated with menstruation.