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Health Benefits of Frankincense: I recently discovered that the famous Frankincense is also known as Boswellia in some places and that in India, it is widely used for several health reasons. So let's look at Indian frankincense in particular and highlight some of it's desired benefits.
Boswellia is a herbal extract taken from the Boswellia serrata tree. Resin made from Boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. It is available as a resin, pill, cream or can be taken as tea and is believed to be effective in treating a number of health conditions.
Boswellia is an effective anti-inflammatory, it can be an effective painkiller and may prevent the loss of cartilage. Some studies have found that it may even be useful in treating certain cancers, such as leukemia and breast cancer. Boswellia may interact with and decrease the effects of anti-inflammatory medications. Talk to your doctor before using Boswellia products, especially if you’re taking other medications to treat inflammation.
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A 2003 study published in the journal Phytomedicine found that all 30 people with OA knee pain who received Boswellia reported a decrease in knee pain. They also reported an increase in knee flexion and how far they could walk. Another study, funded by a Boswellia production company, found that increasing the dosage of enriched Boswellia extract led to an increase in physical ability. OA knee pain decreased after 90 days with the Boswellia product, compared to a lesser dosage and placebo. It also helped reduce the levels of a cartilage-degrading enzyme.
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Studies on the usefulness of Boswellia in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis have shown mixed results. An older study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that Boswellia helps to reduce RA joint swelling, while some research suggests that Boswellia may interfere with the autoimmune process, which would make it an effective therapy for RA as there are claims from more recent studies that Boswellia has anti-inflammatory and immune-balancing properties.
Due to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties, Boswellia may be effective in treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Boswellia can play a role in reducing leukotrienes, which causes bronchial muscles to contract. A 1998 study of the herb’s effect on bronchial asthma found that people who took Boswellia experienced decreased asthma symptoms and indicators. This shows the herb could play an important role in treating bronchial asthma. Research continues and has shown the positive immune-balancing properties of Boswellia can help the overreaction to environmental allergens that happens in asthma. Boswellic acids act in a number of ways that may inhibit cancer growth. Boswellic acids have been shown to prevent certain enzymes from negatively affecting DNA. Studies continue and the anti-cancer activity of Boswellia is becoming better understood.
Speak to your doctor before using any herbal therapy. General dosing guidelines suggest taking 300–500 milligrams (mg) by mouth, two to three times a day and The Arthritis Foundation (US) suggests 300–400 mg three times per day of a product that contains 60 percent boswellic acids.
Do note that Boswellia may stimulate blood flow in the uterus and pelvis. It can accelerate menstrual flow and may induce miscarriage in pregnant women so pregnant women should avoid using this herb. It can also move the bowels rapidly if taken in high doses in order to achieve improved bowel movements. Boswellia extract may also interact with medications, including ibuprofen, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammator
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