Latin name: Boswellia serrata
What is Boswellia?
Boswellia is a genus of trees known for producing frankincense and is a resource for incense and perfume. The species Boswellia serrata is native to India and has traditionally been featured in Ayurvedic medicine through the use of the tree’s gummy resin.
What are the health benefits of Boswellia?
Boswellia, through the gummy resin of the Boswellia serrata tree, has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis—particularly osteoarthritis of the knee. Boswellia has also been explored as a remedy for asthma, and has been tested as an anti-wrinkle agent. There is a lack of data on boswellia’s effectiveness, though more information is becoming available as more tests are conducted.
Where can I find Boswellia?
Boswellia is administered through capsule, oil, and extract forms. Boswellia is available online, in herbal specialty stores, and in the offices of Ayurvedic health practitioners.
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