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Frankincense kills bladder cancer cells

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 2, 2009 news:

Frankincense kills bladder cancer cells according to a United Press International report: 03-18-09 OKLAHOMA CITY, Mar 17, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) —

Enriched extract of the Somalian frankincense herb Boswellia carteri has been shown to kill off bladder cancer cells, U.S. researchers said. H.K. Lin and his team at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma City VA Medical Center evaluated frankincense oil for its anti-tumor activity in bladder cancer cells. The study authors investigated the effects of the oil in two different types of cells in culture: human bladder cancer cells and normal bladder cells. The study, published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that frankincense oil is able to discriminate between normal and cancerous bladder cells in culture, and specifically kill cancer cells. Gene analyses were performed to determine how frankincense oil affects bladder cancer cell survival and the researchers found that the oil suppresses cancer cell growth by arresting cell cycle progression and induces bladder cancer cell death by activating multiple cell death pathways. “Frankincense oil may represent an inexpensive alternative therapy for patients currently suffering from bladder cancer,” Lin said in a statement. URL:

And if Frankincense is good, what about myrrh? And the answer is Yes – both Frankincense and Myrrh have demonstrated anti-cancer activity – see this link for more details:


One Response to “Frankincense kills bladder cancer cells”

  1. Ryan said

    Originating from Africa, India, and the Middle East, frankincense oil has been found to have many medicinal benefits. Now, an enriched extract of the Somalian Frankincense herb Boswellia carteri has been shown to kill off bladder cancer cells. New research demonstrates that this herb has the potential for an alternative therapy for bladder cancer.

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