The origins of frankincense can be traced to the Arabian Peninsula. According to Herodotus (5th century BC):
Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia, and cinnamon.. the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colors.
More specifically, they have been able to demonstrate the ability of AKBA to combat cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer.
Lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani, PhD student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine explained:
After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing the cancer cells. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer.
The researchers have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.
- Human bladder cancer cells and immortalized normal bladder cells were studied using Frankincense oil; Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability
- This study compares Boswellia sacra essential oil hydrodistilled at 100 °C vs 78 °C in inducing cancer cell death in cultured breast cancer cells; the oil prepared at 100 °C was more potent in inducing breast cancer cell-specific cytotoxicity
- Essential oil hand massage was used with hospice patients with terminal cancer with a positive effect on pain and depression
- Boswellia contains a compound (AKBA) which has inhibitory properties in meningioma cells
- Boswellia contains a compound which suppresses proliferation and induces programmed cell death in meningioma cells
Ken McGowan is an environmentalist, social entrepreneur & the former leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.
Ken is a graduate of the U of T with a degree in molecular biology, and is the founder & product formulator of Sinfully Wholesome, a socially & environmentally responsible natural skin care company.