Boswellia serrata plant, which grows in India, greatly facilitates pain and inflammation in patients with autoimmune diseases by anti-inflammatory triterpenoids called Boswellic acid. Boswellic acid and its derivatives have anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumor, and anti-hyperlipidemic activities. This medicinal herb is an anti – inflammatory equivalent to anti-inflammatory drugs, without the typical side effects of these drugs, as many studies arises and one of the studies proved therapeutic effect on knee arthritis patients. It was found that using this plant leads to reducing taking steroids and improves the quality of life.
The plant’s therapeutic activity includes facilitating joint swelling, relieve pain, restoring blood supply to inflamed joints and improving mobility and easing morning stiffness.
Boswellia serrata study
Study published in Indian Journal of Pharmacology, tested the efficacy of treatment of knee arthritis by Boswellia serrata resin. The study was compared to valdecoxib, anti-inflammatory drug NSAID of new generation. The study included 66 people and lasted about 6 months. Group that took the valdecoxib – had a significant improvement in all indices in the first month, but therapeutic effect faded after six months of the experiment. Group that took the botanicals, had an improvement, but slower, but longer: the improvement lasted about a month after stopping the experiment. Results show clearly the effectiveness of long-term use of Boswellia serrata with minimal side effects, as found usually used with other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Other studies found evidence of improvement in the following diseases:
• inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) – Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease.
• Bronchial asthma.
• Multiple sclerosis (MS) -not tested in humans.
Boswellia serrata recommended dosage
It is recommended to take 300 mg to 500 mg of an extract standardized to contain 30% to 40% boswellic acids 2 or 3 times a day .The full effect may take up to several weeks.