Christmas gift brings treatment hope for cancer patients

Posted by ap507 at Dec 20, 2013 01:40 PM |
University researchers discover cancer-killing properties of frankincense in ovarian cancer
Christmas gift brings treatment hope for cancer patients

Source: Wikipedia; Flowers and branches of the Boswellia sacra tree, the species from which most frankincense is derived

University researchers from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the popular Christmas gift frankincense.

Frankincense is a fragrant plant resin extracted from the Boswellia sacra tree found across Africa and Arabia. Using a compound derived from the resin known as 'AKBA' (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), the research, funded by the Omani government, has successfully shown its potential effectiveness in targeting ovarian cancer, the fifth most common cancer in females in the UK.

Frankincense has been used as a folk medicine for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a viable treatment for asthma, skin conditions and gastroenteritis among others.

Dr Mark Evans, who supervised the research, says: “We have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”

  • This study is at an early stage and has been presented at international conferences.  Upon completion In due course, it will be presented for peer review research publication. None of the results of the study are applicable for treatments in people - the study simply  points to potential future applications. This is also clarified here.
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Listen to a podcast with Dr Mark Evans explaining how frankincense has the potential to effectively target ovarian cancer below: