Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh – three biblical gifts in modern medicine

We all know the biblical story: three wise men from the Orient set out on a journey to bring valuable and healing gifts to  Jesus after his birth: gold, frankincense and myrrh. At that time, these gifts were already considered as medicine and they still play a role in medicine today.

Gold – from rheumatism preparations to dentures

In ancient times, gold filings were recommended to be taken to strengthen the heart. Today it is mainly used for painful joint rheumatism. Although there are now more effective preparations for rheumatism, gold preparations are still prescribed today, as the newer preparations are often followed by intolerances. This does not mean that gold supplements are free from side effects – it can put a strain on the liver and kidneys over time.

Dentistry continues to benefit from gold, in the form of dentures.

The effect of colloidal gold has not been scientifically proven. Collodial gold are tiny gold particles that are mixed with water and are supposed to help against Alzheimer’s or depression.

Frankincense – high effectiveness in multiple sclerosis

Frankincense is harvested from tree bark in countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, India and Oman. Deep cuts in the bark of the frankincense tree release a balm that eventually hardens in the air. The most expensive frankincense comes from India. It is very important in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is used as an anti-inflammatory. Above all, the boswellic acids it contains are said to put an end to chronic inflammation by reprogramming an inflammatory enzyme. Even better: The acids not only block the inflammatory process, but even get the inflammatory enzyme to produce inflammation-dissolving substances itself.

This finding benefits patients with multiple sclerosis. Scientific studies have shown that frankincense has a positive effect on inflammatory foci in the brain of MS patients.
So far, cortisone has been the drug of choice for this clinical picture.

Next to the reliable effect, cortisone is also known for its side effects. It is interesting that frankincense in a high-dose medical form is absolutely comparable in its effect and is much better tolerated. So it is no wonder, that researchers see great potential in frankincense for other inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune diseases.

But be careful. Frankincense is not yet available as an approved medicinal product. It is only sold freely in the form of dietary supplements and these are not sufficiently tested for contamination. The effectiveness cannot be guaranteed in this case either. It is unclear when and if an approved drug can be available, since frankincense, as a natural product, cannot be patented.

Myrrh – soothes inflamed mucous membranes

Last but not least, myrrh was used as a remedy then and now. While myrrh was mostly used externally 2,000 years ago, today it is approved as a traditional herbal remedy in the form of capsules, tablets and tinctures. Myrrh has a decongestant effect on inflamed mucous membranes and is therefore recommended for inflammatory bowel diseases or inflammation of the mouth and throat.

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