Common Name: Shallaki, Indian Olibanum Tree, Olibanum, Luban, Gond

Part Used in Medicine: Bark Gum Resin

Boswellia Serrata is a tree found in India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East, it is a close relative of Frankincense (Boswella carteri), which contains similar compounds.

Boswellia trees have a thick, papery bark that yields a milky gum resin that contain natural sugars, essential oils and several triperpene acids known as “boswellic acids.” These acids appear to be the source of boswellia’s medicinal properties.

Boswellia plant has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory for thousands of years.

Health Benefits of Boswellia Serrata:

  • An effective and safer natural alternative to treat different types of Arthritis. Some people were able to reduce their intake of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory medicine when they take Boswellia Serrata.
  • Has been shown to be helpful for Crohn’s disease due to its anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive tract.
  • Lower high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels, and can help prevent or reversed the formation of clogged arteries.
  • Help reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and improve breathing for those with asthma. In a study patient who took 300mg of Boswellia Serrata three times daily for six weeks showed improvement in their symptoms.
  • Helps prevent and treat sports injuries and other kinds of muscle and joint problems.
  • When applied directly to the skin can help treat a wide variety of skin irritations and even acne.
  • When used as mouthwash can help treat bad breath caused by gum disease.

Available Form: As dried herb, standardized extract, and pain relieving ointment and cream.

Boswellia Serrata Dosage: Boswellia’s standard dose contains between 37.5 and 65% Boswellic acids, yielding 150 to 200 mg per capsule. Most studies of Boswellia have tested daily doses between 450mg (150 mg three times a day) and 1,200 mg (400 mg three times a day).


  • Boswellia creams and ointments can be rubbed direct on the affected joint, or can be taken orally in capsule form.
  • Take Boswellia supplement with food or after meal.

Boswellia Serrata Side Effects: Boswellia appears to be quite safe, on rare case it is known to cause mild digestive upset.

Caution: Pregnant and Nursing Women should avoid taking Boswellia.

Health Benefits of Boswellia Serrata

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