Myrrh gum has a long history of use as both a medicine and perfume as well as incense. It is ntensely bitter. In Western medicine, myrrh is used both internally and externally as an antiseptic. It is used mainly for toothaches and gums in mouthwashes and for wound healing and sprains externally. Studies suggest that it helps to maintain correct blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is often used in the treatment of arthritis. In Chinese medicine, myrrh is used to move stagnant blood and is often recommended for problems associated with menstruation as well as uterine tumors. Its use in Ayurvedic medicine is similar, but it is processed differently.