FRANKINCENSE AND ARTHRITIS.
Frankincense has been used since time immemorial to treat and cure ailments. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine by the Chinese and Indians. Essential oils such as frankincense can be effective at pain relief although they are not used to stop or slow disease progression.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint, more than 9 million people in the UK have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children
There are two kinds of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. They both affect the joints.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It primarily affects the joint cartilage, which is the tissue that cushions the ends of bones within the joint. Osteoarthritis affects 8.5 million Britons. It most often develops in people in their mid-40s or older. Osteoarthritis a long-term chronic disease characterized by the deterioration of cartilage in joints (due to wear and tear) which results in bones rubbing together and creating stiffness, pain, and impaired movement. According to the United Nations, by 2050, 130 million people will suffer from OA worldwide, of whom 40 million will be severely disabled by the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. This means your immune system (which usually fights infection) attacks the cells that line your joints by mistake, making the joints swollen, stiff and painful, Over time, this can damage the joints, cartilage and nearby bone. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects the immune system while osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition. The immune system attacks the lining of the joints (the synovial lining), causing inflammation, which leads to symptoms such as pain and stiffness. There’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis and it normally affects more women than men, roughly two to three times as many women.
An increasing number of patients have started to turn to natural products to relieve symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis and related ailments, with over 36% of adults in the USA using complementary and alternative . Natural products can control arthritic inflammation through multiple pathways, for example, inhibition of effector molecules and induction of anti-inflammatory mediators. Research shows that people with osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, are more likely to use complementary treatments (such as frankincense and turmeric) than those living with any other chronic condition.
Green tea for arthritis.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) has several anti-inflammatory properties It has been demonstrated that feeding green tea polyphenols to mice prevented the onset and progression of arthritis.
Frankincense essential oil cannot cure the condition but can offer much needed relief.
Turmeric for arthritis
Curcumin possesses a wide variety of anti-inflammatory properties which make it a potent anti-arthritic bioactive molecule. Curcumin is derived from turmeric a plant product that has been shown to attenuate inflammation. Curcumin has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. The efficacy of curcumin is shown to be similar to that of ibuprofen for the treatment of knee Osteoarthritis. . A study carried out with curcumin on patients with rheumatoid arthritis demonstrated a significant improvement in the duration of walking time and joint swelling which was almost comparable to phenylbutazone.
Before opting for “natural” remedies for arthritis, be sure to talk to a doctor first, as some options may interact with existing medications.
Frankincense for arthritis.
Frankincense essential oil is used for aromatherapy to ease the body stress, anxiety etc and therefore it can be used as a massage oil to relieve pain as well.
Properties of frankincense essential oil.
- Healing – it has the ability to heal wounds quickly.
- Anti-inflammatory- it soothes and cools down any inflammations in the body.
- Antiaging- It slows down the aging process of the skin.
- Aromatherapeutic- it has the ability to affect the mood and promote health of one’s body and mind.
- Noncomedogenic- it does not clog pores.
- Antibacterial- It has the ability to protect the body from any bacterial infections.
- Antiseptic- it has the ability to prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
How frankincense essential oil cares for arthritis.
Frankincense essential oil has the ability to reduce joint inflammations caused by arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense essential oil has the ability to prevent the production of hormones leukotrienes that trigger joint inflammation.(1)
Frankincense essential oil works better with myrrh. They work effectively to help treat arthritis, joint pain and inflammation. Research actually shows that when the two are combined to form a pain reliever mix, they work more effectively due to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Scientific studies about the use of frankincense for arthritis.
A study done to show the effects of aromatherapy massage on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis was conducted in 2016. The participants who received 30 minutes of aromatherapy massage on a regular basis experienced decrease in pain after 2 weeks. A reduction in fatigue was reported after week 4. The mixture used in the massage included lavender, juniper, ylang-ylang and rosemary essential oils in the ratio 3:3:2:2. The oils were diluted into 100ml of coconut oil.(2)
Research shows boswellic acids to be the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds in frankincense essential oil.(3)
Frankincense and other herbs in ayurvedic and Chinese medicines shows to be helpful in reducing symptoms of arthritis. (4)
A research conducted shows that Boswellia formulations can be a valuable addition to the treatments of knee osteoarthritis by relieving symptoms. (5)
Professor Vic Duance from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Dr Ahmed Ali of the Compton Group. The Cardiff scientists believe they have been able to demonstrate that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana — a rare frankincense species — inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules which helps prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue which causes the condition.
How to use frankincense essential oil for arthritis.
Frankincense essential oils can be applied topically or inhaled.
You can use a diffuser to diffuse the essential oil.
Add the frankincense essential oil and lavender essential oil to a warm bath to help with soothing the pain and relaxing your mind.
Dilute the frankincense essential oil with a suitable carrier oil and massage the mixture in the area of concern.
Add a few drops of frankincense to bandages and cover the area of concern.
Place a few drops in a water bath and inhale the steam.
Safety precautions when using frankincense essential oil.
Do not replace prescribed medication for arthritis with essential oils or any complementary therapies.
Consult with your doctor before using essential oils for arthritis as some of them can be dangerous when misused.
People taking blood thinners, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering medicine are advised to stay clear of frankincense.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid frankincense since it may lead to the risk of miscarriage.
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By Eila Oketch.