advertisement

Herbs


Print this page | Sign up for free e-bulletins
 | Bookmark This Page

Boswellia

Boswellia serrata

Boswellia is a large branching tree native to India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The trunk is tapped for its resin, which is purified and used in herbal preparations. The resin, known as frankincense, has been used in religious and cultural ceremonies since antiquity. This resin, or gum, also contains the primary active components, boswellic acids, used in modern herbal preparations. Clinical trials have demonstrated that boswellic acids have anti-inflammatory action similar to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). However, unlike NSAIDS, long-term use of boswellia does not appear to lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach.



Boswellia is used for:

Extracts of boswellia are most commonly used for chronic inflammatory ailments. In May of 2013, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) indicated that boswellia extracts "can reduce pain and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis in joints. Research shows that it might decrease joint pain by 32% to 65%." A comprehensive 2011 overview of in vitro and animal studies found that boswellic acids inhibit the synthesis of pro-inflammatory enzymes, illustrating its usefulness as an anti-inflammatory agent.



Available in:

Standardized capsules or tablets.



Herb / drug interactions:

No well-known interactions exist.



Other safety concerns:

Avoid using when pregnant or breastfeeding.



When buying:

Look for standardized extracts that contain at least 37.5% boswellic acids, sometimes listed as boswellin.



Dosage for Boswellia:

Amounts taken should be based on the level of boswellic acids in the resin or extract. Extracts are typically standardized to contain 37.5 to 65 percent boswellic acids. Follow the directions on the package or as prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner.



Child dosage:

Suitable for children at one half the adult dosage.



Dr. Weil says:

Natural anti-inflammatory herbs, including turmeric, ginger, and boswellia may work as well as aspirin and ibuprofen for treating osteoarthritis. Follow package directions and give it at least two months before deciding if it is working for you.

SOURCES:
Abdel-Tawab M, Werz O, Schubert-Zsilavecz M. Boswellia serrata: an overall assessment of in vitro, preclinical, pharmacokinetic and clinical data. Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2011 Jun;50(6):349-69

Indian Frankincense. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer version. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty, [Updated April 13, 2012, Reviewed May 4, 2013; Accessed January 19, 2014] http://naturaldatabaseconsumer.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=NONMP&s=NDC&pt=100&id=63&fs=NDC&searchid=44756492

M. Z. Siddiqui. Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Anti-inflammatory Agent: An Overview. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May-Jun; 73(3): 255–261.

Safayhi H, Sailer ER, Amnon HPT. 5-lipoxygenase inhibition by acetyl-11-keto-b-boswellic acid. Phytomed 1996; 3:71-2.

Reviewed by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., March 19th, 2014.




advertisement

Are You Getting The Herbs and Supplements You Need?
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more. To find out which herbs and supplements are right for right for you, take the Weil Vitamin Advisor.

The Weil Vitamin Advisor
Get your FREE personalized vitamin recommendation & supplement plan today!

Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging
Follow Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet and save 30%. Start your 14-day free trial now!

Stay Connected with Dr. Weil
Promote the health of your body, mind and spirit - sign up for Dr. Weil's FREE newsletters today!

Vitamin Library
Supplement your knowledge with Dr. Weil's essential vitamin facts. Learn why they are necessary and more.

Dr. Weil's Head-to-Toe Wellness Guide
Your guide to natural health.
Use the Wellness Guide today!

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid
Our interactive tool can help improve overall health through diet.

 
Copyright © 2016 Weil Lifestyle
Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

Ad Choice
Advertising Notice

This Site and third parties who place advertisements on this Site may collect and use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like to obtain more information about these advertising practices and to make choices about online behavioral advertising, please click here

  

Herbs



Boswellia

Boswellia serrata

Boswellia is a large branching tree native to India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The trunk is tapped for its resin, which is purified and used in herbal preparations. The resin, known as frankincense, has been used in religious and cultural ceremonies since antiquity. This resin, or gum, also contains the primary active components, boswellic acids, used in modern herbal preparations. Clinical trials have demonstrated that boswellic acids have anti-inflammatory action similar to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). However, unlike NSAIDS, long-term use of boswellia does not appear to lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach.



Boswellia is used for:

Extracts of boswellia are most commonly used for chronic inflammatory ailments. In May of 2013, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) indicated that boswellia extracts "can reduce pain and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis in joints. Research shows that it might decrease joint pain by 32% to 65%." A comprehensive 2011 overview of in vitro and animal studies found that boswellic acids inhibit the synthesis of pro-inflammatory enzymes, illustrating its usefulness as an anti-inflammatory agent.



Available in:

Standardized capsules or tablets.



Herb / drug interactions:

No well-known interactions exist.



Other safety concerns:

Avoid using when pregnant or breastfeeding.



When buying:

Look for standardized extracts that contain at least 37.5% boswellic acids, sometimes listed as boswellin.



Dosage for Boswellia:

Amounts taken should be based on the level of boswellic acids in the resin or extract. Extracts are typically standardized to contain 37.5 to 65 percent boswellic acids. Follow the directions on the package or as prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner.



Child dosage:

Suitable for children at one half the adult dosage.



Dr. Weil says:

Natural anti-inflammatory herbs, including turmeric, ginger, and boswellia may work as well as aspirin and ibuprofen for treating osteoarthritis. Follow package directions and give it at least two months before deciding if it is working for you.

SOURCES:
Abdel-Tawab M, Werz O, Schubert-Zsilavecz M. Boswellia serrata: an overall assessment of in vitro, preclinical, pharmacokinetic and clinical data. Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2011 Jun;50(6):349-69

Indian Frankincense. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer version. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty, [Updated April 13, 2012, Reviewed May 4, 2013; Accessed January 19, 2014] http://naturaldatabaseconsumer.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=NONMP&s=NDC&pt=100&id=63&fs=NDC&searchid=44756492

M. Z. Siddiqui. Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Anti-inflammatory Agent: An Overview. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May-Jun; 73(3): 255–261.

Safayhi H, Sailer ER, Amnon HPT. 5-lipoxygenase inhibition by acetyl-11-keto-b-boswellic acid. Phytomed 1996; 3:71-2.

Reviewed by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., March 19th, 2014.




advertisement

Are You Getting The Herbs and Supplements You Need?
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more. To find out which herbs and supplements are right for right for you, take the Weil Vitamin Advisor.