Another herb we hear about is Frankincense (Ru Xiang), a resin secreted from the tree. It is famous because we read about it in the Bible- the Three Wise Men brought Frankincense as a gift to baby Jesus. It was as valuable as gold.
In Chinese Medicine, we use it for traumatic pain, chest abdominal pain. Topically we use it to heal sores, carbuncles and swelling gums. Ancient Egyptian drank it to ease digestion. Frankincense is one of the most researched essential oil for potential anticancer activity. Frankincense yields Boswellic Acids which are reputed to have potent anti-inflammatory property.