Could oud oil offer a pioneering treatment in the fight against cancer? A recent study suggests that oud oil possesses anticancer activity toward MCF-7 breast cancer cells. These latest findings from a Malaysian research university study back up the use of agarwood essential oil as a treatment for inflammatory related diseases.
Breast cancer cell control
The study revealed that oud oil concentration of 44 μg/ml was able to inhibit 50% of control cell growth. The results could mark further investigation into the medicinal capabilities of oud oil as an alternative cancer treatment.
Anti-pancreatic cancer properties
A separate study in Malaysia also found agarwood essential oils to have anti-pancreatic properties too. The inhibition of mastastasis and induction of apoptosis in the pancreatic cell line was investigated. The results revealed that the oils used exhibited potent cytotoxic activity against these cells, inhibited cell migration and at a certain dosage could significantly obstruct the colony formation properties of the cell line.
Oud oil compound properties
The unique compounds found in oud oil in high concentrations are believed to be the key to its wide use to treat a great number of health and wellness issues. Carvacrol, trepans and phenols attack viruses and bacteria within the body and the oil has an anti-microbial property which researchers have looked into as a possible treatment source for illnesses such as MRSA and staph. The oil has an anti-oxidant and anaesthetic effect too. The potential that oud oil could act as a cell-killing agent to cancer could lead to powerful medical breakthroughs.
Oud oil’s medicinal uses
Agarwood has long been revered for its therapeutic properties throughout the Arab world and Asia. Oud oil extracted from agarwood has a rich history of medicinal use, treating a wide range of health issues. The anti-inflammatory effects of oud oil mean it has been used widely in the treatment of arthritis as an anti-rheumatic, alleviating aches and pains.
Agarwood essential oils are also highly regarded in the treatment of nausea, pain and digestive complaints, as well as bacterial infections, asthma and even epilepsy. Whilst there is no scientific proof as of yet, oud oil has been used in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver and kidney issues. The latest anti-cancer findings could lead to the development of new, alternative treatments to one of the world’s biggest killer diseases.
Oud oil can be applied topically, inhaled or sprayed on as a fragrance, giving it greater versatility whether rubbed on the skin to alleviate a rash or its aroma used to lessen the symptoms of a common cold.
The mind and the body
Wellbeing is essentially holistic wellness and oud oil is known for its psychological effects as well as its impact physically. It has been used in many parts of the world as a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression, and is regarded as having psychoactive properties.
In Ayurvedic medicine, oud oil is used to sharpen and focus the mind, promote greater positivity and even raise EQ with its enlightening and thought-strengthening capabilities.
Oud oil, with its interesting culture of medicinal use, as well as the results of contemporary research studies into its properties and potential, add to its wonder and appeal.