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Myrrh gum (Commiphora Myrrha)

Description

Myrrh is a small aromatic plant that belongs to a species of thorny trees in commiphora genus. This plant grows in stony dry soils and is an aromatic oleoresin. An oleoresin refers to a blend of resin and essential oil that grow naturally. When a tree has a wound penetrating through its bark then into its sapwood, it bleeds resin. Myrrh gum produces such resin. When harvesting myrrh, people wound this plant repeatedly so that it can produce resin. The gum produced by this plant is usually waxy. It also coagulates at a very fast rate. Once harvested, this gum turns glossy and hard. It is yellowish but it can be opaque or clear. With time, this gum darkens deeply with white steaks emerging. Myrrh gum is native to Somalia, Eastern Ethiopia, Eritrea and Yemen.

 

Medicinal Uses

This herb has been used as part of Chinese medicine for a long time. It is classified among spicy and bitter products that have neutral temperature. As a medicine, this herb has been used in treating spleen, liver and the heart. It also has the power of ensuring proper flow of blood in the body. This property plays a very important role in purging stagnant blood out of the uterus. It has also been used in treating arthritis, rheumatism and problems associated with the circulatory system. People with menopause, amenorrhea, uterine tumors and dysmenorrhea problems have also had this herb prescribed for them.

 

In addition, Myrrh is used as part of Unani and Ayurveda medicine. These medicines ascribe rejuvenative and tonic properties to resin. It is very common in rasayana formulas that have been processed in a special way in Aryuveda. It also works as an effective antiseptic in gargles, mouthwashes and toothpastes. When used in such products, it acts as a treatment for gum diseases. It can also be used as a preventative measure for different gum diseases. Healing salves may also be made of myrrh gum and they can be used in treating abrasions on the skin. They can also help in treating minor skin conditions. This herb has also been used in treating toothaches and sprains.

 

Dosage and Administration

Just like with majority of other herbal medications, this herb does not have a specific dosage. Its dosage can be determined by several factors that include age of the user, health and other medical conditions. It is also important to note that although herbs are natural, they are not necessarily healthy. Therefore, gather sufficient information before you start using this medication. Myrrh gum does not dissolve in water easily. The best way of using it as a herbal medication is in form of a tincture. This should be prepared by mixing one part of myrrh with five parts of menstrum. Menstrum used in preparing this tincture is usually ethanol with 90 percent alcohol content and 10 percent of water.  Five to ten drops of myrrh can also be used in eight ounces of water. This is the standard dosage of myrrh gum. It can also be applied on lips, mouth tissue and sore gums at least three times per day. 

 

Parts Used

The part of this herb that is used is the gum also known as resin. This is a sap-like product that comes out when this herb is cut on its bark. This substance produces analgestic effect. It also lowers the level of bad cholesterol in the body while increasing that of good cholesterol.

 

Benefits

Myrrh gum has been used for many years to treat a wide range of medical conditions. This is because it is readily available and it is easy to use. It also helps in treating a wide range of medical conditions such as amenorrhea, uterine tumors, dysmenorrhea and menopause related complications. It is readily available in many some parts of the world making it affordable to many people. Being a herbal medications, this herb has little or no side effects at all.

 

 

Side Effects

Many people think that herbal medicines do not have side effects since they are natural. This is not usually the case. If not used properly, myrrh gum can have side effects on the user. High dosage of this herb can result to changes in heart rates or even cause kidney irritations. It can also react with other medications. Therefore, consult your doctor before you start using this herb to avoid possible side effects.

 

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