As stated in The Journal of Ethnopharmacology, “Virtually all acute and chronic diseases are either driven or modulated by inflammation,” making it imperative to lower inflammation in the body. Boswellia is one herb that can effectively accomplish that safely in the body.
In recent studies, boswellia has also shown promise in helping reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory disease that involves the colon and rectum. According to the study published in Phytotherapy Research, both pretreatment and treatment with Boswellia serrata showed “improvements in tissue injury and anal sphincter pressure in animals with ulcerative colitis. The B. serrata extract has protective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that inhibit inflammatory mediators in acute experimental colitis.”
Why We Love boswellia, AKA frankincense
For patients who are specifically having joint and colon pain and inflammation, this could be a product that helps support healthy inflammation pathways and provides some relief and improvement.
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- Siddiqui MZ. Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Antiinflammatory Agent: An Overview. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. doi: 10.4103/0250-474X.93507. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309643/. Published May-June 2011; 73(3):255-261. Accessed January 13, 2022. PMID: 22457547. PMCID: PMC3309643.
- Banno N, Akihisa T, Yasukawa K, Tokuda H, Tabata K, Nakamura Y, Nishimura R, Kimura Y, Suzuki T. Anti-inflammatory activities of the triterpene acids from the resin of Boswellia carteri. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2006.03.006. Published September 19, 2006; 107(2):249-253.
- Su S, Hua Y, Wang Y, Gu W, Zhou W, Duan J, Jiang H, Chen T, Tang Y. Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of individual and combined extracts from Commiphora myrrha, and Boswellia carterii. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2011.12.013. Published January 31, 2012; 139(2):649-656. Accessed January 13, 2022.
- Hartmann RM, Fillmann HS, Martins MIM, Meurer L, Marroni NP. Boswellia serrata has Beneficial Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties in a Model of Experimental Colitis. Phytotherapy Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.5142. First published March 12, 2014. Published September 2014; 28(9):1392-1398. Accessed January 13, 2022.
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