HEALTH

TONICS

August 18 2008
HEALTH

TONICS

August 18 2008

TONICS

A BIBLICAL SUBSTANCE WITH THE GIFT TO HEAL?

Celebrated in Christmas stories, frankincense may have value relieving symptoms of arthritis. An Indian version of the resin yields an extract bearing a chemical called AKBA. Scientists at a California university gave a test group capsules of the extract. After a week, subjects reported a reduction in pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. In addition, fluid drawn from joints showed a reduction in enzymes associated with the condition.