Islamic Medicine

Frankincense – Anti Alzheimer’s disease


Frankincense – Anti Alzheimer’s disease

  پيامبر صلى‏ الله‏ عليه ‏و ‏آله :

عَلَيْكُمْ بِاللُّبَانِ فَإِنَّهُ يَمْسَحُ الْحَرَّ مِنَ الْقَلْبِ كَمَا يَمْسَحُ الْإِصْبَعُ الْعَرَقَ عَنِ الْجَبِينِ وَ يَشُدُّ الظَّهْرَ وَ يَزِيدُ فِي الْعَقْلِ وَ يُذَكِّي الذِّهْنَ وَ يَجْلُو الْبَصَرَ وَ يُذْهِبُ النِّسْيَانَ.

 بحار الانوار(ط-بیروت) ج 59 ،ص294

“Eat frankincense, because as your finger sweeps the sweat of your forehead, frankincense removes the tingling sensation of the heart and improves the brain and adds to the mental acuity, it makes the eyes shine and removes forgetfulness.”

Bihar al-Anwar, vol.59, p.294

Scientific Proofs

Dr.Rafie Hamidpour

Department of Herbal Medicine, Pars Bioscience, Leawood, KS, USA.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Rafie Hamidpour, Pars Bioscience LLC, 14109 Cambridge Lane, Leawood, KS 66224,

 Frankincense (乳香 Rǔ Xiāng; Boswellia Species), the resinous extract from the trees of the genus Boswellia, has been used for centuries in cultural ceremonies, as a cosmetic agent, and as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially inflammatory diseases including asthma, arthritis, cerebral edema, chronic pain syndrome, chronic bowel diseases, cancer, and some other illnesses. Boswellic acids are the active compounds of frankincense and AKBA (3-O-acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid) is the most important and effective acid among them. Some studies have shown that the use of frankincense can also improve the learning and enhance the memory in animals and human beings. It seems that frankincense might have a potential ability to be used as an alternative natural medicine not only for chronic and inflammatory diseases but also for brain and memory disorders.


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