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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Boswellia?

The gummy resin of the boswellia tree has a long history of use in Indian herbal medicine as a treatment for arthritis, bursitis, respiratory diseases, and diarrhea.

Growing evidence suggests that boswellia has anti-inflammatory effects. 1 2 3 On this basis, the herb has been tried for a number of conditions in which inflammation is involved, including painful conditions such as bursitis , osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis , and tendonitis . For the same reason, it has also been tried for asthma and inflammatory bowel disease ( ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease ). In addition, boswellia has shown promise for the relatively rare disease of the colon in which inflammation plays a role: collagenous colitis. 4 Furthermore, extracts of boswellia have been studied as an aid to standard care for malignant glioma (a type of incurable brain tumor). 5 6 Use of boswellia appears to decrease symptoms, probably by decreasing...

Safety Issues

In clinical trials of pharmaceutical grade standardized boswellia extract, no serious side effects have been reported. Crude herb preparations, however, may not be as safe as the specially manufactured extract. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or individuals with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.