Herb of the Month
Botanical Name : Boswellia serrata
Parts Used: The most important derivative of Boswellia Serrata tree is the Boswellia Gum Resin.
Boswellia serrata, or salai guggal extract is a
powder extract of the gum of the Boswellia tree and contains a
mixture of Boswellic acids. The gum resin from Boswellia serrata,
i.e. frankincense, has been used in ayurvedic medicine for the
treatment of inflammatory diseases.
Origin of Herbs:
It is found all over the India and used for centuries by Ayurvedic
doctors. It is an Ayurvedic plant that contains anti-inflammatory
terpenoids called boswellic acids.
Boswellia Serrata is a medium sized tree with ash coloured papery
bark. The leaves are like neem plant and have small white flowers.
Boswellia Serrata tree, on injury, exudates an oleo-gum-resin
known as Shalai Guggal or Indian Frankincense.
Shallaki or Boswellia serrata is an herbal extract
well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic and
anti-arthritic activities. Shallaki is effective in the treatment
of the common ailments
Rheumatic Disorders :
Boswellia (Boswelya, Salai Guggul) is an
Ayurvedic herb that contains anti-inflammatory triterpenoids
called boswellic acid. Boswellic acids are effective in
anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic agents, for both
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue rheumatism,
and low back pain.
Boswellia has a beneficial effect by suppressing the growth of the
inflamed tissue, as well as preventing the breakdown of the
surrounding connective tissue.
Boswellia Serrata's anti-inflammatory properties can help to
reduce aching and stiffness, especially when associated with low
back pain. Although research indicates that boswellia is best
taken orally for this purpose, creams appear to be soothing as
Inflammatory bowel :
Boswellia may improve symptoms of ulcerative
colitis, including abdominal pains, loose stools, and mucus and
blood in the stools.
Boswellia may also be beneficial in asthmatics
and may also reduce fluid retention associated with brain tumours.
This fluid build-up is associated with the action of certain
inflammatory chemicals (leukotrienes). Boswellia inhibits the
production of these chemicals. Reduction of fluid retention around
brain tumours has a beneficial effect on reducing the associated
Boswellia gum has been also used for the treatment of diabetes,
skin and blood diseases, fever, cardiovascular disorders,
neurological disorders, dysentery, diseases of the testes, and
myriad of other disorders.
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