Botanical name: Boswellia serrata
Therapeutic actions: Anti-arthritic; Anti-fungal; Anti-bacterial; Analgesic; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-tumor; Anti-carcinogenic.
Drug interactions: These interactions have not been studied in humans, but in theory, boswellia could reduce the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox). Laboratory and animal studies suggest that boswellia may increase the effects or toxicity of some drugs. Examples include some drugs used to treat asthma, such as montelukast (Singulair), some anticancer drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs and some antifungal drugs.
Description: Boswellia has a long history of use in folk medicine as a remedy for several inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and bursitis.
Internal uses: It is also prescribed for such conditions as respiratory diseases and diarrhea. It has been used to repair blood vessels damaged by inflammations. German Doctors and Naturopaths are getting excellent results in reducing cancerous brain tumors. It has been used for lowering cholesterol. Other uses: gout, low back pain, myositis, fibromyalgia, obesity, diarrhea, dysentery, pulmonary diseases, ringworm and boils.
Suggested dosage: 400—500 mg 3 times daily.