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J R Soc Med. 1991 October; 84(10): 602–605.
PMCID: PMC1295557

Frankincense and myrrh as remedies in children.


Two cases of therapy with frankincense and myrrh in children are presented. The long history of this unusual treatment is outlined, demonstrating that for several millenia such agents have been employed in a number of medical contexts, as well as in the perfume and incense industries. Myrrh has found recent pharmacological application in the reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides, as predicted by several traditional therapies.

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