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January 03, 2023

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January 2023

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates








I am wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and joyful New Year!

By James Templeton

The original Christmas gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh were presented to the baby Jesus by three Magi (Melchior of Persia, Gaspar from India, and Balthazar from Arabia) who traveled far to meet the newborn child. They opened up their treasure chests to present these three highly significant gifts to him (Matthew 2:11).

We all understand what gold is, but do what do we really know about frankincense and myrrh? While these gifts are often associated with spiritual meanings and sacred significance, today we’re taking a look at their underappreciated medicinal benefits.

In the West, frankincense and myrrh are most often used in the form of incense and associated with religious celebrations. But in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, these two tree resins have been used for centuries as natural treatments for both infections and chronic diseases.

What do these ancient civilizations know that we should know? And what do these two plant compounds have to do with cancer? The answers might surprise you.

Frankincense: An Increasing Hard-to-Find Treasure

Often referred to as the “king of oils,” frankincense is derived from the resin of four species of the Boswellia tree commonly found in the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Africa. Unfortunately, these magnificent trees are now on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.

To some, these resins might be described as “scabs” on trees. But if you think about it, it’s not so hard to realize that this resin is a deliberate and natural method of helping the tree itself to recover from injury.

And these resins can do the same for us.

Throughout history, inhaling the smoke of frankincense resin has been a practice of many both in the Middle East and here in America. Some even chew fresh frankincense resin or drink its extract (source: Kyle Vialli: The Healing Properties of Frankincense Water and How to Make It).

What makes frankincense so healing? For one thing, frankincense has tremendous anti-inflammation properties and as such is often successfully used in the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It can also decrease pain and help with wound healing,

And when it comes to cancer, the ability of frankincense to distinguish normal cells from cancerous cells is particularly notable. Frankincense essential oil has been shown to both inhibit the growth of cancer cells and induce apoptosis (death) of cancer cells. A landmark study published in Oncotarget (2019) showed that frankincense essential oil suppresses one of the most deadly and aggressive forms of skin cancer — melanoma.

Scientists continue to research the extraordinary benefits of frankincense in the fight against chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer, and even the effects of chemotherapy. Frankincense is also being studied for its benefits in combatting learning deficits and memory loss.

Myrrh: As Valuable As Gold

The legends of myrrh also permeate religious history. It has been said that Moses was instructed by God to use myrrh for anointing the Tabernacle. Myrrh was consecrated in the First and Second Temples by Rabbis. And who can forget the Three Wise Men, the Magi, whose gifts to baby Jesus included the gift of myrrh, which in those days was as valuable as gold.

Myrrh is a gummy resin from the Commiphora myrrha tree, which grows in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Myrrh is a strong anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal compound. So profound is myrrh’s ability to heal damaged tissues, Greek soldiers carried it into battle with them to use when treating skin infections and gangrene.

And just like its relative frankincense, myrrh also possesses strong anti-cancer properties. Modern clinical studies demonstrate myrrh’s anti-cancer effects. β-elemene, for example, has been used effectively in the treatment of various cancers, including glioblastoma.

The Synergistic Effects of Frankincense and Myrrh

The main chemical compounds of frankincense and myrrh are terpenoids and essential oils. For thousands of years in traditional Chinese Medicine, both frankincense and myrrh often appear in the same prescription. The blending of these two powerful substances manifest in a number of changes in their original chemical composition. The result? A significant and measurable increase in their individual potent healing abilities.

According to a study published in Molecules, prescription drugs containing the combination of frankincense and myrrh “have definite curative effects on many chronic diseases, and have been clinically proven.” The study cites the example of Xihuang Pill, a famous anti-cancer prescription known as the “first drug” of TCM that can effectively treat breast cancer, gastric cancer, and liver cancer.”

A Word of Caution

Because these naturally occurring resins are very powerful, it is wise to consult with your physician to be sure they will not react adversely with any prescriptions you may be taking. For example, myrrh should not be taken if you are pregnant, as it may stimulate uterine activity. And if you are currently taking blood thinners, be aware these compounds may inhibit their effectiveness. Republished from
About the Author: James Templeton founded Uni Key Health Systems in 1992 and now the Templeton Wellness Foundation as a way of giving back and helping others achieve the health and wellness they are seeking.




Written by: Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenmedInfo Research Group
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2022

The tiny black seed strikes again! Even orally administered Tylenol can't compete with the topical application of this potent healing oil to reduce symptoms of one of the most common health complaints of our time

Recently, over-the-counter "pain killing" drugs like ibuprofen and Tylenol have been found to have a battery of serious adverse side effects, some even life-threatening. Even aspirin, commonly believed to be a life-saving cardioprotective agent, has come under scrutiny as perhaps doing far more harm than good. Even more astounding is the recent discovery that some of these drugs have soul-numbing properties not unlike psychotropic medications.

Due to the growing concern about both the physical and psychological harms of these pharmaceutical agents, interest in natural, evidence-based alternatives has been exploding. In order to satisfy the demand for scientifically validated alternatives to drugs GreenMedInfo has accumulated hundreds of abstracts on the topic, which can be viewed on our various related database pages, such as Pain, Aspirin Alternatives, and Ibuprofen Alternatives.

Why is Everyone Using NSAIDs and Tylenol?

The reality is that because millions suffer from pain and inflammation on a daily basis, the promise of popping a pill to relieve discomfort is an ever-present temptation. It doesn't help that the US is one of three countries that permit drug companies and pharmacies are allowed to advertise these medications directly to the consumer through television and other mainstream media channels. 

But is it logical to expect a potent chemical to positively alter symptoms that aren't caused by a lack of that chemical?  If poor diet, lifestyle, chemical exposures, and a suboptimal mindset are the basis of most chronic health issues, then shouldn't the focus be on addressing and reversing these underlying variables instead? This would be the goal of so-called "root cause resolution" medicine. Instead, palliative medicine -- where the goal is to suppress symptoms -- is the default approach; but it's not sustainable and the collateral damage to one's health is often not worth the risk of the intervention.

When Food (Applied Topically) Is More Powerful Than Pharmaceutical Medicine

A recent clinical trial titled, "Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Acetaminophen on Pain in Elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial," compared topical black seed oil with oral Tylenol on pain in elderly osteoarthritis patients.

Study participants were divided into two groups of 10:

1. One group received 1 milliliter of black seed oil applied on the knee joint 3 times a day every 8 hours for 3 weeks.

2. One group was given 1 tablet of 325 mg acetaminophen also 3 times a day every 8 hours for 3 weeks.

This study was performed on 40 elderly patients, average age 77, 18 (45%) men and 22 (55%) women.

The criteria for inclusion in the study included the following common symptoms related to knee osteoarthritis:

"Age over 65 years diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis, according to American College Rheumatology diagnostic criteria, included 1) knee pain on most days of the last month; 2) crepitus (joint sound in active motion); 3) morning stiffness less than 30 minutes; and 4) inflation in the examination of the knee bone, respectively ."

The promising results of the intervention were reported as follows:

"Study results showed that topical application of Nigella sativa oil and oral acetaminophen reduced pain in elderly with knee osteoarthritis; after using Nigella sativa oil, the reduction of pain was higher (p=0.01)." The researchers concluded:

"This study showed that topical use of Nigella sativa oil can be more effective in reducing knee pain in elderly patients than acetaminophen, which is typically used as a safe supplement for the elderly."

What Gives Black Seed Its Remarkable Power? 

Unlike pharmaceutical agents which are comprised of either singular chemicals or simple combinations of them, black seed is a complex food which contains a wide range of nutritional and phytochemical components. These all act in concert to produce complex physiological responses in the human body. The study described some of the known constituents of black seed as follows: 

"Nigella sativa oil is composed of 30% by weight of p-cymene, which is the most original composition, and 61.48% of the weight is composed of the volatile oil. Nigella sativa seeds contain fat, vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential amino acids, and carbohydrates . Nigella sativa seed is a rich source of essential fatty and unsaturated acids. The main unsaturated fatty acids are linoleic acid and oleic acid. There are also other compounds in seeds, such as phospholipids, carotene, calcium, iron, and potassium ."

One of the reasons why the pharmaceutical industry and mainstream medicine will not invest in food-based solutions for preventing and treating disease is because these common foods and spices do not lend themselves to being easily understandable, nor patentable. We may never know exactly why the relatively infinitely more complex concentrate of a food like black seed oil produces superior effects when compared to drugs like Tylenol.  But knowing how something works should be of secondary importance to the fact that it does work, shouldn't it? 

"Mother Nature's formulas are proprietary, but she does not grant patents." ~ Sayer Ji

The primary reason why we will never see conventional physicians prescribing food as medicine is because the FDA defines anything that "prevents, cures, diagnoses or cures disease" as a "drug," and FDA drug approval can cost up to 11 billion dollars per drug. Can you imagine a walnut company investing that much money in order to prove the obvious: namely, that its product has health benefits? Chemicals, on the other hand, are ideal for this kind of commercialization, even if they almost invariably carry debilitating and deadly side effects.

Closing Comments

This study illustrates the power of natural, food-based alternatives for reducing symptoms in a way that does not produce the risks associated with drug-based interventions. In fact, given that pain killers such as Tylenol actually increase the risk of serious diseases such as asthma, and black seed oil has been shown to reduce asthma, the superiority of black seed oil over conventional drugs like Tylenol may be far more profound than overtly discussed in this study.

For more information on the "side benefits" of black seed oil, please visit our Black Seed database which contains research on over 100 health conditions that it has been studied to have potential therapeutic application in improving. Also, please use our extensive Osteoarthritis database to learn more about natural and/or integrative approaches to treating the condition. 

It should also be noted the highly therapeutic ritual of massaging the oil into the knee may have played a significant role in producing the observed positive outcome. Here is the specific method used:

"In the first stage, for the first group about 1 ml Nigella sativa oil was applied on the knee joint three times a day every 8 hours for 1 week. The massaging method was done with the entire palm in a way that continued for 5 minutes, massaged in a clockwise direction at the front and sides of the knee joint. It should be noted that the Nigella sativa oil used was owned by Barij-e-Kashan; for all subjects, it was maintained away from sunlight and at ambient temperature."

Consider also that 1 millimeter is only about 1 gram. That's a very small amount of oil. One teaspoon would have about 5 grams, or 5 servings worth of black seed oil. 

Black seed oil is clearly a perfect example of an ancient healing substance which has undergone a modern day Renaissance of scientific validation. As the old world drug-based paradigm of symptom suppression continues to be proven inadequate, especially outside of the emergency  setting (where drugs can sometimes have life-saving applications), interest is growing in evidence-based natural alternatives like black seed.

Black seed is only the tip of a massive iceberg of thousands of science-backed natural compounds that could be used to alleviate human suffering. Please use the Research Dashboard to search over 10,000 health topics and share your findings with friends, family, and practitioners who may be interested in this topic. 
About:Sayer Ji is founder of, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

The GMI Research Group (GMIRG) is dedicated to investigating the most important health and environmental issues of the day.  Special emphasis will be placed on environmental health.  Our focused and deep research will explore the many ways in which the present condition of the human body directly reflects the true state of the ambient environment.

The doctor of the future will be oneself.― Albert Schweitzer

By Emma Suttie

Natural remedies can be helpful when we either don’t have medications on hand, or simply want a more natural approach to dealing with common illnesses. Natural medicines are beneficial as they are non-toxic and support our body’s own healing process. If used at the first sign of illness, many can shorten its severity and duration. Here are some natural approaches—many used by cultures worldwide for centuries—to help get you back into tip-top shape.

Treatments for Fever

Fevers are our bodies’ natural reaction to infection. A fever is part of a healthy immune response and communicates that we are mounting an appropriate defense against an unwanted invader. As parents, it is always difficult seeing our children sick, and it is our instinct to do whatever we can to make them feel better.

In the case of fevers, unless they are very high, it can be beneficial to let the fever do the work of fighting the infection. Fevers slow down pathogens and their replication; therefore, a fever slows down the spread and severity of an illness.

If a fever gets too high (104+), it’s a good idea to get it down. This is the work of many drugs, but this can also usually be achieved with a lukewarm or cool bath. Eating will also usually bring a fever down slightly if you or your little one feel up to it. Very high fevers burn fluids and increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of clear liquids, and children can have water or diluted fruit juice for hydration and to keep blood sugar within normal range. Fevers also deplete vitamin A, so be sure to supplement with vitamin A-rich foods (like fish oils, kale, spinach, broccoli, milk, and eggs) after a bout with a fever.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is a common herb and is well known for its ability to bring down a fever. It is considered a diaphoretic herb, meaning it makes you sweat, helping the body eliminate toxins through the skin and urine. Yarrow also purifies and moves the blood, treats urinary infections, and heals wounds.

In a comparative study in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Studies, yarrow demonstrated the ability to significantly reduce fevers in animal models.

A research review published in Current Pharmaceutical Design in 2008 discussed the traditional use of yarrow for this purpose. “The genus Achillea consists of about 140 perennial herbs native to the Northern hemisphere. Traditional indications of their use include digestive problems, liver and gall-bladder conditions, menstrual irregularities, cramps, fever, wound healing,” it noted.

A review on the biological activities of yarrow published in the Journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, mentions yarrow’s analgesic, anti-ulcer, choleretic (which stimulate the production of bile by the liver), liver protecting and wound healing abilities and that data has accumulated demonstrating its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Yarrow regulates blood flow to the entire body and, with its ability to induce sweating, helps regulate body temperature and fluids—eliminating heat and toxins and reducing a fever.

The dried herb can be bought online and at some health food shops. Always try to buy organic when possible to avoid pesticides and other chemicals.

For fevers, drink yarrow tea (instructions below) or add 8 cups of yarrow tea to a hot bath.

Yarrow Tea

For tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink this tea three times a day. For a fever, drink the tea hot hourly.

Ginger ( Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is warming in nature and induces sweating, helping treat fevers and eliminate toxins. It is also used as a stimulant for problems with circulation and to soothe digestive issues.

The results of one clinical trial, published in Phytotherapy Research in November, 2022, found a combination of four plants commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine (ashwagandha, boswellia, ginger and turmeric) was effective on hospitalized moderate COVID-19 patients who received it, along with standard care.

The mixture, dubbed BV-4051 by the researcher, had noted effects.

“In BV-4051 group the mean reduction in duration of illness (p = 0.036), alleviation and severity scores of several symptoms like fever, cough, smell, and taste disorders were statistically significant,” they wrote.

A research review published in Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology, in 2005 summarized previous research on the herb using animal models.

“Animal studies demonstrate effects on the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system, on experimental pain and fever, antioxidative, antilipidemic and antitumor effects, as well as central and other effects,” wrote the researchers.

In Chinese medicine, fresh ginger is called sheng jiang. It is a warming herb used to induce sweating, disperse cold, benefit a cough, and alleviate nausea and vomiting.

Ginger Tea

Cut a slice or two of fresh ginger root, put it into a pot of water, and bring to a boil. Then drink as a tea. Add lemon (high in vitamin C) or honey to taste. The tea will help to induce sweating, bring down a fever, soothe any digestive upsets, and help a cough. Hot ginger tea taken at the first sign of a cold or flu can help the body build resistance and avoid infection.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Boneset is an excellent herb to treat fevers and is a great choice for colds, the flu, and respiratory infections. It can be used for phlegm, as it discourages its production and helps eliminate it from the body. Boneset also fights bacterial and viral infections and makes you sweat, helping reduce a fever. Boneset will also help ease the aches and pains associated with the flu and helps clear the body of any build-up of toxins through the bowels.

“E. perfoliatum extract has marked antiviral activity,” notes a study published in Journal of ethnopharmacology in January 2022. The researchers were studying the effects of the plant in vivo for treatment of dengue virus.

Boneset Tea

The dried herb can be bought at most health food shops and made into a tea. Pour a cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave for 10-15 minutes. It should be drunk as hot as possible. For treatment of fevers or flu, drink every half hour.

*Boneset should not be used by pregnant women or young children and is not recommended for long-term use. 

Lukewarm Baths

If a fever gets above 103, it’s a good idea to bring it down. This can usually be achieved by getting into a lukewarm or cool bath. Although this is not comfortable initially, it will temporarily lower your body temperature and reduce a fever if it gets too high. If a bath sounds too drastic, you can take a face cloth soaked in cold water and hold it up to the creases in your elbows and behind your knees to help gently reduce body temperature. Remember to keep hydrated with water, clear liquids, or diluted fruit juice.

About the Author: Emma Suttie is an acupuncture physician and founder of Chinese Medicine Living—a website dedicated to sharing how to use traditional wisdom to live a healthy lifestyle in the modern world. She is a lover of the natural world, martial arts, and a good cup of tea.


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Mushrooms as Medicine: How to Integrate the Science-Based, Practical Benefits of Mushrooms Into Your Diet, Healing Regimen & Spiritual Evolution.Dr. Christopher Hobbs, renowned herbalist, research scientist, and faculty at the University of Massachusetts, believes that by incorporating mushrooms into our diets — fresh, cooked, or as dried adaptogens — we can help prevent and transform a myriad of debilitating issues. 

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