Frankincense as YOUR pain saviour

Frankincense was giv­en to Jesus, seen as the saviour of the world in Christianity, on his ‘birth’ (or the date recor­ded as his birth) as a gift.

Frankincense how­ever can also be your saviour this hol­i­day sea­son, espe­cially because the hol­i­days involve over-eat­ing, too much sug­ar, alco­hol, dairy, wheat…and typ­ic­ally all of the inflam­ma­tion-sup­port­ing foods :) I see a lot of sore unhappy people in the new year who are uncom­fort­able because they ate and did a lot of things that made their body inflamed. So, it might be time to con­sider pre­ven­tion before the hol­i­day sea­son starts officially…

How does Frankincense do this?

Frankincense (also known as Boswellia serrata) is a shrub and small tree nat­ive to Asia and Africa. They have gum res­ins (or like a sap, from the bark) that has been used in embalm­ing and incense but has many import­ant medi­cin­al roles.

Most not­able is Boswellia’s abil­ity to reduce inflam­ma­tion by inter­fer­ing with pro-inflam­mat­ory molecules in the body, and redu­cing them. This is import­ant for inflam­mat­ory bowel dis­ease, asthma, rheum­at­oid arth­rit­is, psori­as­is, smoking, gout, lupus, chron­ic aller­gic sinus con­ges­tion and among oth­er con­di­tions with chron­ic inflammation.

Extracts of Boswellia should have boswell­ia acid con­tents of about 60% with res­ins intake of 2.4 – 4.8g/day. Capsules are gen­er­ally the best way to get this dosage.

Boswellia can take approx­im­ately 4 – 6 weeks to truly show bene­fit, but there are sev­er­al stud­ies demon­strat­ing its abil­ity to reduce the intens­ity of dis­ease for those with inflam­mat­ory bowel dis­ease, rheum­at­oid arth­rit­is and chron­ic aller­gic rhin­it­is (chron­ic allergy runny nose).

Is it curative?

As most good anti-inflam­mat­ory sup­ports, Boswellia does not cure what causes the con­di­tion but it does reduce the inflam­mat­ory pro­cess. For those rely­ing on Advil or Tylenol for pain sup­port, Boswellia can be a great addi­tion to an anti-inflam­mat­ory pro­tocol but with far few­er side effects on the gastrointest­in­al lin­ing like Advil can create.

What side-effects can Boswellia induce?

Boswellia is a res­in and for some people res­ins can cause some gastrointest­in­al upset (heart­burn, naus­ea) or like all things, some people can exper­i­ence aller­gic reac­tions (it is from a tree after all)! Taking it with food to begin with gen­er­ally reduces the pos­sib­il­ity of digest­ive dis­com­fort if it is to occur.

Will I be able to eat whatever I want without worrying over the holidays with Frankincense?

I would­n’t go that far.…

If you have foods that you know cre­ate inflam­ma­tion, I’d still avoid them. It would not hurt to give this a start in addi­tion to your health routine.

So over­all, a really great gift to be giv­en. I’d take it!

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