Boswellia serrata Common name: Frankincense
Part used: Resin
Constituents: Volatile oil (pinene, dipentene, phellandrene), resins (alpha-boswellic acid, 3-acetyl-ß-boswellic acid), mucilage
Actions: Inflammatory modulating
Medical uses: Boswellia inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators in the body, such as leukotrienes. In contrast to NSAIDs, long-term use of Boswellia does not lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach. Can be used in asthma, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic prostatitis and almost any inflammatory syndrome.
Pharmacy: Capsules: 150 – 300mg, TID.
Contraindications: None known
Toxicity: None known.
Interactions: May theoretically interfere with the absorption of drugs.