Boswellia serrata (gum olibanum) is similar to frankincense, one of the gifts brought by the Wise Men to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The frankincense used in the West is usually Boswellia carteri, an herb whose properties have not been studied nearly as much as one might think given the Biblical references.
At the university hospitals of Bochum and Giessen, patients with gliome tumors were administered 3600 mg. per day of Boswellia serrata. Within only a few days, many symptoms associated with brain tumors, such as headaches and lameness, were greatly lessened. While much of this effect might be more related to the reduction in edema than to the regression of the tumor, swelling and the resultant pressures are serious side effects of malignancy that impact the quality of life. The reports of these trials are preliminary and researchers are unwilling to speculate as to the long-term results and whether or not tumor growth is arrested.
Studies have shown that boswellic acids have an anti-inflammatory action, much like the conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for inflammatory conditions. Boswellia inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as leukotrienes. As opposed to NSAIDs, long-term use of boswellia does not appear to cause irritation or ulceration of the stomach. One small, controlled, double-blind trial has shown that boswellia extract may be helpful for ulcerative colitis. Treatment with boswellia could be 5 to 10 capsules per day and generally last eight to twelve weeks. Boswellia is generally safe when used as directed.
Boswellia - An Ayurvedic herb which supports consistent blood flow to your joints, boosting flexibility and strength.