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Topical use of frankincense.

The idea of topical use of frankincense has a long history. The use of pastes, bandages and patches containing frankincense has already been mentioned in several sources of ancient world. Efforts in developing chemical drugs and associated alterations in pharmacopoeias are possible reasons of the disappearance of frankincense. Following scientific reports of Prof. H.P.T. Ammon with highest interest and in search of new herbal and effective, therapeutical alternatives, we attempted to match consumer needs having diversified discomfort with published results of frankincense research.

We first developed and tested several preparations including complete resin of frankincense in our pharmacy over years using various galenic basis material. We finally obtained an extract by using a process (patent pending) including a special mixture of solvents. This allowed us to provide frankincense for topical use. Monitored success extending over several years in the use of these products by customers of our drug store suffering from chronic diseases like arthrosis, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis led to foundation of AureliaSan GmbH, Tubingen. Our intention is to analyse and to prove experiences gathered in pharmaceutical practise, that is, scientifically and clinically. In planned future cooperation with the Universities of Tubingen and of the Saarland, we want to investigate and explore the research on frankincense for topical use.

Johannes Ertelt, Winfried Ertelt AureliaSan GmbH, Tubingen, Germany

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Author:Ertelt, Johannes; Ertelt, Winfried
Publication:Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy & Phytopharmacology
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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