Boswellia serrata on injury, exudates an oleo-gum-resin known as Salai Guggal or Indian Frankincense.
It has strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties besides its use as a general pain reliever.
Boswellia serrata Gum Resin is widely used in ayurvedic formulations for treating Asthma and Arthritis.
Boswellic acids reduce inflammation by deterring the inflammation of white cells and improvingblood flow to the joints. In addition, these boswellic acids have been shown to prevent the chemical reactions that can be precursors to inflammation. It does this by increasing our warmth.
The herb is effective in relieving the aches and pains of arthritis, gout, lower back pain, rheumatism and especially osteoarthritis, including osteoarthritis of the knee, wrists, feet and spine
Boswellia reduced not only the pain but also stopped the degenerative actions that eroded cartilage and joint tissues. Boswellia serrata might act in a synergistic manner with such other joint-building supplements as glucosamine and chondroitin. As they stimulate the growth of cartilage, the boswellic acids effectively shrink inflamed tissue, increase blood supply to inflamed joints and enhance the repair of local blood vessels damaged by inflammation. This would make it an extremely useful supplement to improve mobility, without the after-effects of gastric irritation. A boswellic acid possesses an anti-inflammatory action much like conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and deactivates the hormonal triggers for inflammation and pain. However, unlike NSAIDs, long term use of Boswellia has never been shown to lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach or adverse effects on heart rate and blood pressure.