Incense used as medicine
- Written by Dr. H. P. Bustami
- Parent Category: Medicine
- Created: 10 November 2007
The chemical structure of these Boswellia acids are pentacyclical triterpenoides and their derivates. In the naturopatic treatment these chemical substances are used for therapeutic means. So it is supposed that they are helpful in case of Morbus Crohn, rheumatism, asthma, Psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. Even in cancer research the focus has been put on these substance of content of incense. Although recently no strict scientific proof was made there are some evidence from medical studies in India and Germany. By contrast an US-based study (Kiela et al, 2004) warns against the use of incense. In lab mice with induced cholitis the authors did not find any improvement of the illness. But too high doses could cause toxic impact to the liver due to the autors.
Other studies mention immuno modulatory (Pungle et al. 2003) and anti inflammatory effects (Darshan & Doreswamy 2004) when monitoring the influence of the use of traditional plant medicine in India. In dogs with osteoarthritis vetinary doctors found an improving impact when using incence for therapeutic means . When using such phyto medicine for which no strict scientific study has been conducted it is generally recommended to consult your local doctor before.
- Darshan S, Doreswamy R. (2004): Patented antiinflammatory plant drug development from traditional medicine. Phytother Res. 2004 May;18(5):343-57.
- Kiela PR, Midura AJ, Kuscuoglu N, Jolad SD, Solyom AM, Besselsen DG, Timmermann BN, Ghishan FK (2004): The Effects of Boswellia serrata in Mouse Models of Chemically Induced Colitis.; Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2004 Nov 11.
- Pungle P, Banavalikar M, Suthar A, Biyani M, Mengi S. (2003): Immunomodulatory activity of boswellic acids of Boswellia serrata Roxb. Indian J Exp Biol. 2003 Dec;41(12):1460-2
- Reichling J, Schmokel H, Fitzi J, Bucher S, Saller R. (2004): Dietary support with Boswellia resin in canine inflammatory joint and spinal disease. Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. 2004 Feb;146(2):71-9. 2004 Feb;146(2):71-9.