The gift given by the wise men to baby Jesus is not only an ancient oil used for religious ceremonies but also may be the hope for many patients that deals with cancer and its collateral damages.
Cancer is subject to multiple studies and still one of the most misunderstood diseases. Today, millions of people are living with cancer and many have had cancer and are battling with the secondary effects of the treatments that include, chemotherapy, type of drug that prevents cells to reproduce, radiation, surgery or combination. Cancer treatments presents side effects that include depression and decrease of the immune system to respond against infections; therefore, patients are at risk of any kind of complications during the treatment. Also many patients had been reported develop arthritis after have had chemotherapy and radiations as part of the treatment.
Based in multiple studies, Frankincense oil has potential uses as a complementary treatment for cancer due to its properties to relive depression, infection and inflammation. Also, it has been found to have properties as sedative and immune system stimulant. Such studies, many reports from ancient scripts and actual patients open the path to consider and include holistic medicine in cancer treatments.
Frankincense oil is a holy oil in the Middle East, and is the main ingredient in the holy incense that was used anciently in ceremonies to help improve communication with the creator. Is not clear when Frankincense oil was discovered but research about the oil reveals that Frankincense oil has been traded on the Arabia Peninsula and North Africa for more than 5,000 years. An expedition made by BBC News in 2010 about the oil reveals the oil has been used as far as 7,000 BC. In fact, the oil is described as holy in the Old testament, Hebrew Bible, Talamud, a central text of Rabbinic Judaism, as well as in ancient documents of multiple cultures like Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus and ancient china.
The most common name in Europe and Asia is “Oil of Lebanon“ after Lebanon was the place where the oil was traded whit Europeans (Green, 1999). Although its name has been changed several times during history, all cultures had depicted the same properties about the oil.
Frankincense oil properties have been described for many cultures as magic. According with the gospel of Matthew 2:11;“gold, frankincense (incense) and Myrrh were among the gifts to Jesus”. More than 52 references about the oil are in the Bible. Also, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism have used the oil to anoint members and welcome them into their spiritual life. According with many ancient texts the oil has been used not only for spiritual purposes but also as medicine. In books of Ancient Egypt Frankincense was thought to be sweat of God (Green, 1999), and some common uses of the oil described by ancient texts are; Insect bites and snakes, bronchitis, colds, diphtheria, headaches, and hemorrhages.
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