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Studying The Anti-Cancerous Action of Frankincense

Dr. H.K. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has been studying the anti-cancerous action of Frankincense oil (Boswellia carterii) against bladder cancer. He also studied Sandalwood, Balsam fir, Palo Santo and Tsuga oil, which were chosen for their anti-cancer activity alongside of Frankincense essential oil. However, it was shown that Frankincense is the only one of these 5 oils that can distinguish cancer cells from normal cells and specifically kill cancer cells. Dr. Lin showed us a slide of human bladder cancer cells, and in the presence of Frankincense oil they reverted to normal healthy cells. A study in 2003 on human genome sequencing has since shown that the gene got activated by frankincense oil in the cell…..and in fact, Frankincense activates very specific genes (so its action is very specific). For the first time, we’ve identified a gene that regulates the cell, and its pathway is activated by Frankincense oil. Specifically, it activated the MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. There are genes in our body that suppress cell growth, and there are genes in our body that induce cell death. Frankincense oil induced “non-classical programmed cell death” in bladder tumor cells.

Just to explain about cell death. Every healthy cell in our body is programmed to die – this is called programmed cell death. However, cancer cells deviate from the programmed cell death and become active. Frankincense oil promotes healthy “programmed” cell death. When the cancer cells then did die, they died in an abnormal way, but they were intact.

In March 19 2009, we issued a press release into 3 continents. We received a lot of media attention from all over the world. “Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carterii induces cell tumor death in bladder cancer cells”. But are these experiments (which are conducted in a lab, on individual cells and tissue cultures) sufficient for human trials? The answer is “no”. The epithelial (lining) cell of a bladder is only a cell. But when you go back to a whole bladder, there’s an epithelium facing the urine side of the bladder. The whole bladder is different from the whole cell. So we cannot yet say that frankincense oil is useful for bladder cancer treatment. We need pre-clinical trials (those are the ones that take 10 to 20 years).

I’m being asked questions from all over the world. Can I take frankincense oil orally, how much do I need to take, can I take it with chemo? We have no answers as yet to these questions. However, we’ve begun studying frankincense oil’s effects in bladder cancer, on a whole bladder (intact within the person!). We gave the person frankincense oil twice a week for 2 weeks, compared with a different person who was given coconut oil instead. There was a significant difference between the results for the two people. The results showed that Frankincense oil decreased tumor cell growth, and increased tumor cell death.

So will frankincense oil work for every patient? We need to research genetic variations, different cancer types/subtypes, different cancer stages, heterogeneity of cancer within patients, different species of frankincense, different preparation of oils. So the short answer is we don’t know. And to find out requires many years of research. Because of this, other scientists have told me that I shouldn’t pursue this direction in my research. But I love my kids. I hope our next generation can keep on with this research, and we hope their health will be much better than our current condition.

About Frankincense

Frankincense – 15 ml

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years ( …[T]hey presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11). It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers. Frankincense is now being researched and used therapeutically in European and American hospitals. It is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming stress and despair. It may also support the immune system. Has also been used as perfume for millenia.

How to Use
Diffuse or apply topically. May be added to food or soy or rice milk as a dietary supplement.

Ingredients
Essential oil of Frankincense (Boswellia carteri).

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