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What is Boswellia

What is Boswellia and and why is it useful for Joint pains?

By Veena Deo

What is Boswellia and what are its benefits for joint pains, Arthritis and more?

Arthritis means, inflammation of joints due to infections, metabolic or constitutional causes. Rheumatism means, any of various condition characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints or fibrins tissue. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that is considered as an auto immune disease and is characterized by pain, stiffness, destruction of joints.

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One of the proven herbs for aforesaid conditions is Boswellia serrata, found in Central and Northern India and the tree is common at the foot of the Western Himalayas.

Boswellia is a purified resin obtained from the gum of Boswellia serrata tree. This sticky resin from the tree is called Indian Frankincense. The anti inflammatory and anti arthritic properties are attributed to the presence of Boswellia acid and related Triterpene acids.

Studies on Boswellia

Studies have shown that Boswellic acid have anti inflammatory property. This is achieved by the formation of Leukotriens. Any of a group of eicosanoids that are generated in basophiles, mast cells, macrophages and human lung tissue by lipoxygenase catalyzed oxygenation.

A randomized, double blind placebo controlled trail conducted by kimmatkar, a scientist, showed positive results in the use of Boswellia for the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the knee. In the study,  people who were receiving Boswellia reported a decrease in knee pain, increased knee flexion, increased range of motion, increased walking distance, improvement in climbing stairs, kneeling, squatting and cross–legged–sitting. Though there were no radiological changes, the reported reduced frequency of knee swelling.

Boswellia has no side effects like “NSAID Drugs”. Research done in India and Germany has recently confirmed, Boswellia’s therapeutic efficacy; It has shown advantages over than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS).

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Products that contains anti inflammatory ingredients like Turmeric, Boswellia and Ashwagandha are an excellent remedy for arthritis, Rheumatism, Joint Pain.

Products which support the comfortable movements of the joints and muscles that have a synergistic blend of the above herbs, also relieves the problems related to joint pains, swelling, stiffness and inflammation. These herbal products have no side effects like anti-inflammatory drugs and they Support comfortable movement of the joints and muscles.

If one suffers from joint pains, this should be part of the daily diet.


Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on herbal supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions please email at veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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