Almost everyone knows the story of the Three Wise Man who came to Bethlehem from the East to pay homage to the newly born child Jesus of Nazareth. These were the very first Christmas Gifts. What many people may not realize is that all three of these gifts have important healing properties and that perhaps the three wise men were in fact traditional healers.
Gold has been used in dentistry for thousands of years and some ancient cultures carry their wealth around in their mouth!! In Japanese medicine gold has been used as a treatment for smallpox, ulcers and measles . It is still used for making of stents in heart surgery and in pacemakers
Frankincense resin is edible and often used as traditional medicine in many Asian countries to cure bronchial and urinary infections. In China it is used to relieve menstrual pain, gum, mouth, and throat complaints, and also as a rejuvenating medicine in India. Boswellic acid has been found to have anti-proliferative effects on various tumor cell lines, melanoma, glioblastomas, and liver cancer in vitro, based on apoptosis. Frankincense oil has been found to distinguish cancerous cells from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. It helps in clearing the lungs and other mucus-related problems, lightens heavy periods in females, and eases postnatal depressions. It helps in healing wounds, sores, ulcers, carbuncles, hemorrhoids, and inflammations. The essential oil of the frankincense possesses antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, uterine, and vulnerary therapeutic properties. In Ayurvedic medicine Indian frankincense (B. serra-ta), commonly referred to as ‘dhoop,’ has been used for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system, and purifying the air and clothes boxes and cupboards.
Myrrh has been used for centuries as incense and for medicinal purposes. Medicinally, it has been used as an astringent, antiseptic, antiparasitic, antitussive, emmenagogue, and antispasmodic agent. It was commonly included in mixtures used to treat worms, wounds, and sepsis during the 4th century BC. Myrrh has also been reported to treat gout, headache, jaundice, throat ailments, indigestion, fatigue, and paralysis. Myrrh has been used in a variety of infectious diseases, including leprosy and syphilis, and to treat cancers. The Chinese have used myrrh in the management of a variety of skin and mouth infections. Myrrh played a key role in the religious ceremonies of the ancient Egyptians. Today, myrrh is used as a component of fragrances and as an astringent in mouthwashes and gargles.
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