Frankincense and myrrh, two esteemed gifts obtained from the gum resins of trees - the Boswellia and the Commiphora, respectively – make marvelous healing partners! Both have been tapped throughout history in perfume, incense, aromatherapy, and medicine, especially Chinese medicine. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, and more assets deal with issues with many different health conditions, many that New Hampshire Spine and Sport knows bother our Southern New Hampshire 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 beneficial health effects. Used together, their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects and significantly for anti-tumor effects prevented growth of U266 multiple myeloma cells. (1) In Chinese medicine, frankincense-myrrh are parts of an anti-tumor drug for various cancers with recent research showing its effect on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). How? By regulating pathological processes like cytokine-receptor binding and pathways and affecting the blood vessels that support tumors in HCC. Tumor volume was decreased, and pathological structure was lessened with frankincense and myrrh treatment. (2) Low dose frankincense/myrrh modulated urotheilial wound healing to improve symptoms of acute interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. (3) The frankincense/myrrh combo proves itself to be a winning/healing one!
New Hampshire Spine and Sport appreciates combinations of treatments to help our Southern New Hampshire 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 explained as having the ability to activate blood and dissipate blood stasis. It was put to the test and found to ease neuropathic pain likely related to neuro-inflammatory agents TLR4 and MyD88 and to averting TRPV1 and inflammatory factor expression. (5). New Hampshire Spine and Sport knows all this detail may not be “up your alley” of wanting to know, but we want to give you the whole picture 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 as well as 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 nutrients like Boswellia serrata (frankincense) to the nutrition section may help, too!
Schedule your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment now. Gifting frankincense and myrrh may not be popular today, but implementing them for healing may need to become more popular!