Frankincense (also known as Boswellic acid) does a body a lot of good: it fights infections, supports the immune system, and combats many autoimmune disorders, such as Chron’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. New research indicates this ancient oil may even hold anticancer properties, too–especially when it comes to ovarian cancer.
Researchers at University of Leicester studied a compound found in frankincense (called acetyl-11-keto-boswellic acid, or AKBA) and its effect on ovarian cancer cells. Supervising researcher Dr. Mark Evans said, “This frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations.” The researchers hope that attacking cancer cells with AKBA, in conjunction with conventional treatments, will increase the survival rate for ovarian cancer patients.
Affect on chemo-resistant cancer cells
What might be most exciting about these new findings is the plant resin’s effect on chemo-resistant cancer cells. “The cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed help overcome drug resistance and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer,” Dr. Evans said. For patients whose cancer has not responded to traditional interventions, frankincense may be especially useful.
Other research found frankincense to be helpful when treating a variety of cancers, including:
Frankincense carries the added bonus of restoring immune health. It boosts lymphocytes (white blood cells that serve as the body’s main protection system) and minimizes inflammation, which can tax the body in its struggle toward health.
Role of Frankincense in the Budwig Protocol
Frankincense (particularly the Indian variety, Boswellia serrata) already plays an important role in the Budwig Protocol. Dr. Budwig recommends applying the oil topically (to the head or neck) three times a day. Alternately, you may take it in supplement form by placing three drops of oil under your tongue three times per day. Be sure to use only oils that are 100% pure, especially if ingesting them. This regimen can be incorporated independent of the Budwig therapy plan.
If you’d like to include frankincense outside of Budwig’s plan, there are lots of options. Consider using a diffuser or ingesting it in capsule or powder form. Here are some resources to get you started: