Myrrh is an bitter herb that has been used medicinally for some 1200 years or more. It is a gum-resin that has the following functions:
1. Invigorates the blood and moves congested or congealed blood. Examples of congested or congealed blood would be sores, carbuncles, swellings, immobile abdominal masses etc. It also reduces swelling and stops pain, particularly bruises or other traumas.
2. Promotes healing, particularly topical healing of chronic sores.
3. Major cardiovascular effect. Myrrh has been shown to lower serum cholesterol and prevent plaque formation. It is one of the “hidden secrets” for treating hypercholerterolemia (high cholesterol) and blockages.
4. Decoctions of myrrh also have an antifungal effect on a topical level. Myrrh inhibits many types of pathogenic dermatomycoses.
5.Finally, Myrrh along with Vitamin C and Co Enzyme Q10 is the premiere treatment and prevention for periodontal problems. For individuals over the age of 30, periodontal (gum) disease is the #1 problem seen by dentists. I have used this herb with patients suffering from either periodontal disease or bruises/wounds that would not heal properly. Myrrh is an exceptional herb for the healing of tissue in general. Be careful with the dosages; that is, follow the label to the letter. It is safe but must be used in smaller amounts.