This is the seventh chapter of 10 herbs from Graeco-Arabic Medicine series.
What is myrrh?
Myrrh, pronounced as mur, is a substance (resin) that comes out of cuts in the bark of trees which belong to the Commiphora species.
As an expensive spice, myrrh was mentioned in the bible. When the Three Kings visited the child Jesus, they brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When Jesus was dying, he was offered with wine with myrrh to stop the pain.
What is myrrh used for?
Myrrh is used for indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, and other conditions.
Does myrrh work?
Limited evidence can be found on myrrh’s effectiveness. People have long used myrrh for various conditions including indigestion and ulcers, but research is still needed as a scientific proof.
How do you take myrrh?
People usually take myrrh orally or physically.
What are the side effects?
Appropriate dose of myrrh is like safe for most people, but large doses may be unsafe.
People with pregnancy and breast-feeding are unsafe to take myrrh orally. People with diabetes, fever, hear problems, surgery, systemic inflammation and uterine bleeding should consult the doctor before applying.