Who thinks of incense, the Holy Three kings? Incense belonged to – in addition to myrrh and Gold to the gifts of the Magi. At that time, a kilogram of incense cost the equivalent of about 500 euros. Incense was so even in earlier times, as a precious gift and as a therapeutic agent.
What is incense?
Incense natural resin (Olibanum) of the incense shrub. We distinguish between the Indian frankincense Boswellia serrata from the Arabian Boswellia sacra. In order to win, the resin of the bark of the trees is cut, the exuding plant SAP solidifies in the air and forms red-yellowish or brownish grains. At normal temperature, these granules are almost odorless, while Burning a strong aromatic scent.
Incense is not in any quantities to harvest. The Plant thrives only in the most extraordinary regions of our earth, where hostile desert and rain-making mountains meet each other – its growth conditions are extremely challenging!
History of incense
Already 7000 years ago the Oriental gods incense was sacrificed. The Egyptians used frankincense for embalming, as Incense and in particular for disinfecting purposes. And in the Indian folk medicine Ayurveda the extracts of incense resin Olibanum are used for thousands of years for chronic Arthritis and chronic Bronchitis. In Ayurvedic medicine, has been well-studied not a Plant so exactly like the incense. As Olibanum acts, is not yet conclusively demonstrated scientifically, but that it is confirmed.
Ingredients and effect of incense
The resin of the Incense contains in addition to well-known ingredients such as essential Oils or tannins, various acids 5 – 8% of the Boswellia – the active ingredients of the incense. Researchers have found that these substances, inflammation can stop reactions. Inflammation in the body by a specific enzyme (5-Lipoxygenase) caused.
This enzyme causes the formation of the so-called leukotrienes. Leukotrienes, substances that the body produces during inflammation and for the maintenance of chronic inflammation are responsible. Clinical studies indicate that the resin of the frankincense tree obtained boswellic acids have a strong anti-inflammatory effect in chronic inflammation such as rheumatism and arthritis. These instructions to inhibition of the inflammatory mechanisms could be demonstrated also in clinical studies in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease).
Treatment with frankincense?
The century-old experience with Olibanum as a Phytotherapeutic, as well as the results of modern incense research point to several potential opportunities for use in chronic inflammation. Polyarthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Asthma, and even Edema of brain tumors seem to be so treated. Boswellic acids, Indian frankincense, to show promising perspectives, but by more meaningful clinical studies.