Thursday, March 19, 2009
Boswellia also known as Shallaki is actually a large branching tree found in India and the Middle East. When the bark is peeled away, a gummy oleoresin oozes out. It is the extract of this resin that is used for medicinal purposes.
Boswellia is a well-known ayurvedic herb used for treating arthritis. Boswellic acid in the gum resin has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. In fact boswellia is even applied externally to reduce inflammation. In addition to being anti-inflammatory, boswellic acid also has an analgesic, sedative effect and improves immunity.
The remarkable properties of boswellia have prompted western medical science to subject it to various studies. It has been found that Boswellia serrata extract may be as effective as a selective COX-2 inhibitor for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Eileen Klein, M.D., FACP with Summit Medical Group indicates that anti-inflammatory herbs such as boswellia may inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation.
Find out more on Boswellia facts and properties.