What is Myrrh Gum,Middle Eastern Meetiga or Arabian Myrrh,how to use this resin?
- Myrrh (mo yao,Mo Yao ) Myrrha.
- Botanical Description and Legend of Commiphora Myrrha.
- Commiphora Myrrha Phytochemicals and Constituents.
- Indications and Applications:Commiphora Myrrha.
- Commiphora Myrrha Common Action and Uses.
- Combinations and Suggestions:Commiphora Myrrha.
- Commiphora Myrrha Other Species.
- Research Update:Myrrh,Commiphora Myrrha.
Combinations and Suggestions:Commiphora Myrrha.:
Commiphora may be combined with Echinacea for infections and as a mouthwash for ulcers, or with Echinacea and Baptisia in tonsillitis and pharyngitis. It can be used with Achillea, Sambucus, Hyssopus and Capsicum in the common cold. Tincture of myrrh with Achillea can be painted onto infected gums.
Infusion: Dissolves in water with difficulty; should be powdered well. Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoons and infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Dosage and Instructions:
10 to 30 grains. Of fluid extract, 5 to 30 minims. Tincture, B.P. and U.S.P., 1/2 to 1 drachm. Of tincture of aloes and Myrrh, as purgative and emmenagogue, 30 minims. Of N.F. pills of aloes and Myrrh, 2 pills. Of Rufus's pills of aloes and Myrrh, as stimulant cathartic in debility and constipation, or in suppression of the menses, 4 to 8 grains of Br. mass.
Available Product Form: Capsules - 620 mg. each
Herbal Ingredients: 100% Myrrh Gum
Extract: mix 2 to 5 drops in water for an excellent mouthwash.
Gargle: Steep 1 teaspoon myrrh and 1 teaspoon boric acid in half a litre of boiling water. Strain after 30 minutes. Alternatively use 5ml tincture in a tumblerful of water.
Infusion: steep 1 tsp. myrrh in 1 pint boiling water for a few minutes and strain. For bad breath, add 1 tsp. goldenseal. Take 1 tsp., 5-6 times a day.
Tincture: 1-2ml three times a day. Used for infectious, feverish conditions, from head colds to glandular fever. It is ideal for upper respiratory catarrh and can be added to expectorant mixtures.B.P. and U.S.P., 1/2 to 1 drachm.
Capsules: more palatable than the tincture; take one 200mg capsule up to five times a day.
Douche: use the diluted tincture for thrush.
Mouthwash or gargle solution: Add 30-60 drops of tincture to a glass of warm water .
Oil: dilute 10 drops in 25ml water and apply to wounds and chronic ulcers or in lotions to haemorrhoids.
Chest rub: 1ml oil in 15ml almond or sunflower oil for bronchitis and colds with thick phlegm.
Pessaries: 10 drops of oil to 30g cocoa butter in a 24-pessary mould. Use for thrush.
Myrrh has been used for centuries as an ingredient in incense, perfumes, and for embalming and fumigations in Ancient Egypt. In folk tradition it was used for muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. Called mo yao in China, it has been used since at least 600B.C. primarily as a wound herb and blood stimulant. Gerard said of Myrrh ' the marvellous effects that it worketh in newe and greene wounds were heere too long to set downe...' Myrrh oil, distilled from the resin, has been used since ancient Greek times to heal wounds.
Because myrrh is gummy, it does not dissolve well in water. However, capsules, extracts, or tinctures are available for oral use. Extracts are concentrated liquid preparations usually made by soaking chopped or mashed plant parts in a liquid such as alcohol, and then straining out the solid parts. Tinctures are less concentrated than extracts, but they are prepared in similar ways. Oral forms of myrrh have various dosage amounts and schedules depending on the condition being treated. Individuals who decide to take it orally should follow the directions on the package.
For a mouthwash, a typical dose is 5 drops to 10 drops (approximately one-sixteenth of a teaspoon to one-eighth of a teaspoon) of myrrh tincture added to about 8 ounces of water. Ordinarily, other herbal ingredients such as clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, or sage are added to commercially available myrrh products. The herbal mixture may be gargled or used as a mouth rinse, but it should not be swallowed. Full-strength myrrh tincture can also be applied to sore gums, lips, or mouth tissue up to three times a day. Diluted myrrh tincture may be used as a skin wash or a vaginal douche. Amounts to use vary. Individuals who decide to use myrrh in one of these ways should follow the directions on the package that is purchased.
When used for mouth conditions, tincture of myrrh may be applied directly to canker sores or inflamed gums. It can also be diluted in water and used as a gargle. When taken internally, a typical dose of myrrh is 1 g of resin 3 times daily.
Side Effects: Not recommended during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.its use is not prescribe in when breast-feeding or during early childhood. If it is taken orally then in some cases it has been shown to tighten the muscles of the uterus and promote menstrual blood flow. Because these actions could cause a miscarriage, pregnant women should avoid taking myrrh by mouth.
Excess dose via oral with a quantity of 2 grams to 4 grams of myrrh may have lead to: Diarrhea,Heart rate changes, Kidney irritation.If following symptoms occurs then consult to doctor:Diarrhea (loose stools),Hiccups,Nervousness.
Less Severe Side Effects:When it is applied to the skin, myrrh occasionally may cause an allergic reaction that may include an itchy rash. In addition, some evidence suggests that frequent applications of myrrh to the same area of skin can eventually be irritating.
Herb drug interactions: None reported; however, this and all herbs used to activate blood circulation should be used cautiously,at modest dosage,when on potent anticoagulant therapies (e.g., Warfarin).
TCM and other contraindications: Excessive uterine bleeding; specifically contraindicated during pregnancy
Precautions and Caution: Contraindicated in pregnancy,avoid in pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.However, this herb should be avoided during pregnancy as Myrrh can stimulate the uterus. Myrrh also stimulates mucus secretions and facilitates drainage. The common name Myrrh also includes the species Commiphora abyssinica and Commiphora molmol, which are used interchangeably with Commiphora myrrha.
If it is taken orally, myrrh has been shown to tighten the muscles of the uterus and promote menstrual blood flow. Because these actions could cause a miscarriage, pregnant women should avoid taking myrrh by mouth. The effects of topical myrrh on a developing fetus are unknown, therefore the use of myrrh as a mouthwash is also not advised during pregnancy.
Some evidence from animal studies and human case studies suggests that oral myrrh may lower blood sugar levels. In addition, when large amounts (2,000 mg to 4,000 mg) of myrrh are taken by mouth, heart rate may be affected. Because of these findings, individuals with diabetes or heart conditions should not take myrrh orally. Using myrrh as a mouthwash is not thought to affect diabetes or heart conditions, but these effects have not been studied. Individuals who have diabetes or heart conditions should discuss the use of myrrh with a doctor or pharmacist before beginning to use it.
Very little information is available on how myrrh might affect an infant or a small child. Therefore, its use is not recommended in any dosage form when breast-feeding or during early childhood.
Due to stimulating effects on the uterus and menstrual flow, myrrh should not be taken orally by women who are pregnant. Small children and breast-feeding women should also avoid its use. Myrrh taken orally may also interfere with blood sugar levels and heart rate, so individuals with diabetes or heart conditions should not take it by mouth.
One case has been reported of increased bleeding in an individual who took both myrrh and the anticoagulant drug, warfarin, by mouth.
Because it may have a reducing effect on blood sugar, taking myrrh orally may increase the effectiveness of medications used for the treatment of diabetes. Myrrh applied to the skin or used as mouthwash is not thought to affect blood sugar. However, individuals who are taking medications for diabetes should talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using any form of myrrh.
No interactions with drugs, other herbal products, or foods have been reported with topical application (including use as a mouthwash) of myrrh.Taking myrrh by mouth may interfere with medications for diabetes. It may also increase the blood-thinning effect of warfarin and similar drugs.
An investigation was made of Commiphora myrrha used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various ailments. The use of 1 or 5 g plant resin/kg/d caused grinding of teeth, salivation, soft feces, inappetence, jaundice, dyspnea, ataxia and recumbency in goats. Death occurred between 5 and 16 d. Enterohepatonephrotoxicity was accompanied by anemia, leucopenia, increases in serum ALP activity and concentrations of bilirubin, cholesterol, triglycerides and creatinine, and decreases in total protein and albumin. The oral dose of 0.25 g plant resin/kg/d was not toxic (Omer and Adam 1999).
Currently, myrrh is rarely taken by mouth for medicinal purposes in the western world, but it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a flavoring, fragrance, or stabilizing ingredient in beverages, cosmetics, drugs, and foods. Topically, myrrh was applied to bacterial and fungal skin infections. While it may be slightly effective for some skin conditions, no well-controlled studies have been conducted to document its benefit in any of them.
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