Frankincense ( Boswellia serrata ) - 60 Capsules - Herbal Collection
Boswellia serrata Powder - 60 Capsules - Herbal Collection
May help with
- Chronic inflammation
- Rheumatoid arthritis - Joint pains
- Asthma - Bronchitis
- Externally | Acne - Boils - Fungal infection
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International Latin denomination
Boswellia serrata Roxb.
Description and habitat
- Large tree native to India and also found in North Africa and the Middle East
- Different from Boswellia carterii , its smell is more terebinthaceous, but it gives off an excellent fragrance when burning
- History and tradition
- In India, China and North Africa, boswellia resin has been used for millennia.
- Traditionally, the resin of various Boswellia species was burned during religious ceremonies. The smoke of these resins is said to induce a state conducive to meditation, prayer and spiritual experience.
- Boswellia resin is part of the official pharmacopoeia of India and China. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine (India) attributes anti-inflammatory properties useful for the treatment of rheumatic pains, inflammation of the digestive tract and respiratory tract as well as various skin conditions. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to treat rheumatic and menstrual pain as well as bruises and other skin injuries.
- Quoted by Avicenna in the "Canon of Medicine" 
- Secretion (oleoresin) collected after incision of the trunk
Dosage forms available
- 300 mg of resin, three times a day, for 6 weeks for asthma or Crohn's disease, or 1.5 g, three times a day
Main components of the plant
- Triterpene acids ( boswellic acids )
- Glycosaminoglycans : 4-O-methyl-glucuronoarabinogalactan
- Essential oil , phenols , gummo-oleoresin
- Uronic acid , sterols , tannins
Main components of buds or young shoots
Main components of essential oil
- Anti-inflammatory ( boswellic acids )  , non-steroidal type  tested on models of chronic arthritis and edema with carrageenan ( boswellic acids )
- Anti-inflammatory effect through inhibition of leukocyte elastase, leukotriene release and glycosaminoglycan degradation  , inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase  ,  ,
- Immunomodulating  , immunostimulant, stimulation of lymphocyte proliferation 
Properties of essential oil
Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)
- Chronic inflammatory diseases of the joints  , respiratory tract, inflammatory bowel disorders, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis  ,  , peritumoral cerebral edema  , 
- In patients with Crohn's disease taking boswellia (300 mg, three times a day, for 6 weeks), the symptoms decreased significantly in 70% of cases, while this proportion drops to 27% in subjects of the placebo group, and 350 mg three times a day for 6 weeks, resulted in 82% remission (75% for sulfasalazine 1 g three times a day)
- Inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase (interest in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
- Appears as effective as sulfasalazine, without the side effects of using this classic anti-inflammatory (clinical trials with 350 mg, three times a day for 6 weeks) 
- At 1200 mg, three times a day, it seems as effective, less adverse effects, than mesalazine (1.5 g, three times a day)
- Prevention of fibrosis 
- Asthma  , bronchitis and PBCO
- Inhibition of the synthesis of leukotrienes involved in inflammatory disease, and which are specifically involved in bronchoconstriction
- Rheumatoid arthritis 
- Osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis)  , positive randomized clinical study 
- Externally, acne, fungal infections and boils
- Antiviral activity against the Chikungunya virus 
- Potentialities in pancreatic cancer 
Known or suspected mode of action
- Probable inhibition of leukotriene synthesis
- Anti-inflammatory effect of boswellic acids
- Its combustion seems to release transhydrocannabinol , a close relative of tetrahydrocannabinol , the substance to which the psychotropic properties of cannabis are attributed.
Possible side effects and precautions for use
- Efficacy described as encouraging with no serious adverse effects (asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, osteoarthritis, collagenous colitis 
- Uncertain efficacy in preventing recurrence of Crohn's disease, but good tolerance 
- Minor adverse effects  , mainly gastrointestinal 
- Appears to have no toxicity with 2 grams per kg of body weight in rats
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