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Myrrh Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

  • Cases of contact dermatitis due to a Chinese herbal orthopaedic solution Tieh Ta Yao Gin and its putative ingredients are reported. Patch testing demonstrated allergy to mastic and myrrh.
    - Contact Dermatitis 1993 Feb;28(2):89-90 -- Allergic contact dermatitis due to a Chinese orthopaedic solution tieh ta yao gin. -- Lee TY, Lam TH.

  • The results of this study indicate the necessity of prolonged studies with novel plant extracts as short-term beneficial results could be overturned by adverse effects after repeated usage.
    - Phytother Res 2000 Sep;14(6):452-6 -- Evaluation of massage therapy with essential oils on childhood atopic eczema. -- Anderson C, Lis-Balchin M, Kirk-Smith M.

  • Myrrh has previously been shown to possess smooth muscle-relaxing properties.
    - Planta Med 1997 Jun;63(3):251-4 -- Minor components with smooth muscle relaxing properties from scented myrrh (Commiphora guidotti). -- Andersson M, Bergendorff O, Shan R, Zygmunt P, Sterner O.

  • The extract of myrrh gum increased glucose tolerance in both normal and diabetic rats.
    - Acta Diabetol Lat 1987 Jan-Mar;24(1):37-41 -- Studies on the activity of individual plants of an antidiabetic plant mixture. -- Al-Awadi FM, Gumaa KA.

last update: March 2014

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