"Frankincense shows potential for use in treating bladder cancer"

Researchers are finding a plant extract from the Boswellia carteri, frankincense can kill cancer cells in a test tube (in vitro) without effectively damaging the healthy DNA of the normal bladder cells according to the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association.

Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri has been found to induce cancer tumor cell cytotoxicity

Frankincense plant is found in Africa, India, and the Middle East. Historically, frankincense oil has been used in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic hardened gum resins obtained by tapping Boswellia trees. It is now known that Boswellic acid seems to be the active agent that is toxic to the bladder cancer cells J82 cells without harming the normal bladder urothelial UROtsa cells. Through a range of concentration, frankincense oil suppressed cancer cell viability in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells but does not harm the UROtsa cells. Gene expression analysis shows that frankincense oil activates genes that are responsible for cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression, and apoptosis (cell death) in J82 cells. However, frankincense oil-induced cell death in J82 cells did not result in DNA fragmentation.

Conclusion
Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death.
Frankincense oil might become a healthy alternative adjunct therapy for winning the challenge of bladder cancer.

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