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Frankincense extract works against the inflammatory processes in MS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological diseases and a cure cannot be achieved based on the treatment methods available to date. However, the symptoms can be alleviated, so that the everyday ability of those affected is preserved even in the later stage of the disease. According to the results of a recent study, frankincense extract could contribute to significant improvements in therapy in the future.
The research team around Dr. Klarissa Stürner from the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKHS) and Professor Dr. Christoph Heesen from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has investigated the effect of taking frankincense extract on the inflammatory process in MS. They were able to find a surprisingly clear relief of the inflammatory disease activity. The researchers published their results in the journal "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry".
Inflammatory disease activity significantly decreased
In the multi-year SABA study, the scientists examined therapy with standardized incense extract for relapsing-type MS. According to the researchers, the result was quite surprising. "The early phase II study with a total of 28 participating patients was able to show that a frankincense extract taken as capsules three times a day over a period of eight months significantly reduced the inflammatory disease activity of multiple sclerosis in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)," said the UKSH.
Little side effects with frankincense extract
According to the researchers, the study results have exceeded their expectations "especially when looking at the positive effects of frankincense ingestion on imaging, clinical and immunological measurements." Given the few side effects, frankincense could "particularly affect those affected by multiple sclerosis and those who were only recently ill Show treatment option, ”reports the UKSH. However, further studies are now required to check the use of the frankincense extract in MS. It is expressly advised not to take frankincense preparations that are freely available for sale on your own.
New approaches in MS therapy
Frankincense has long been known as a natural remedy that can relieve inflammation, among other things (see here). According to the current study, this anti-inflammatory effect can also be found in MS, which raises hopes for new treatment options. Other new approaches to treating the neurological disease are based, for example, on the use of certain plant peptides. But even with the right diet, the course of the disease in multiple sclerosis can be slowed down. (fp)