Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Ha!!! I knew it.... I just knew it...
Bethesda, MD—Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), an international team of scientists, including researchers from the United States and Israel, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.
Just a thought... this could explain why those who do not like incense are so, well, surly... And, I am thinking of one person in particular here, if that person is reading this now... gotcha!