Boswellia arthritis pain

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Boswella (Boswellia serrata) Boswella, also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," comes from the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in the hills of India.

The tree bark's gummy resin, called salai guggal, has anti-inflammatory properties. Preparations made from an extract of this resin is used to reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Boswellia doesn't seem to cause stomach irritation like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Boswellic acids, constituents of the herb, reduce inflammation in a number of ways. Boswella appears to be able to inhibit inflammation by blocking the synthesis of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes cause inflammation by promoting free radical damage, cell adhesion, and the migration of inflammatory cells.

Boswellia may help to:

•Ease osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Boswellia can be taken to relieve inflammation associated with these joint disorders. In a study of 175 patients with rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, 122 participants experienced reduced stiffness and inflammation two to four weeks after starting on a boswellia regimen.

•Boswellia's anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce aching and stiffness seen with low back pain.

For arthritis and most other ailments: Take 210 to 240 mg of boswellic acids three times a day.

For back pain and other areas of aching or stiffness: Take 150 mg boswellic acids three times a day. Or rub a small amount of cream into the area where the pain is concentrated every four to six hours.

There are no known drug or nutritional supplement interactions with this herb. Consult your doctor before taking boswellia if you're pregnant or you have an autoimmune disorder.

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