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Boswellia, Indian Frankincense


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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
Orally for the management of arthritis, bronchial asthma, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (18–22).
 
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents
Orally for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis (1,2,23)
 
Uses described in traditional medicine
Treatment of abdominal pain, asthma, coughs, dysentery, fever, jaundice, kidney stones, pimples, sores and stomach disorders (5). Also used as an antivenin and an emmenagogue (24,25)

References
1. The Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, Part I, Vol. IV. New Delhi, Ministry of  Health  and  Family  Welfare,  Department  of  Indian  System  of  Medicine  and Homeopathy, 1999.
 
2. Database on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. New Delhi, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Department of ISM and H, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, 2000.
 
5. Farnsworth NR, NAPRALERT database. Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (an online database available directly through the University of Illinois at Chicago or through the Scientific and Technical Network [STN] 
of Chemical Abstracts Services), 30 June 2005
 
18. Gerhardt H et al. [Therapy of active Crohn disease with Boswellia  serrata extract H 15]. Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie, 2001, 39:11–17 [in German]
 
19. Gupta, I et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata  gum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis. European Journal of Medical Research, 1997,21:37–43.
 
20. Gupta I et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial  asthma:  results  of  a  double-blind,  placebo-controlled,  6-week  clinical study. European Journal of Medical Research, 1998, 3:511–514.
 
21. Gupta I et al. Effects of gum resin of Boswellia serrata in patients with chronic colitis. Planta Medica, 2001, 67:391–395.
 
22. Kimmatkar N et al. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee – a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial. Phytomedicine, 2003, 10:3–7.
 
23. Ammon  HP.  [Boswellic  acids  (components  of  frankincense)  as  the  active principle in treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases]. Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift,  2002, 152:373–378 [in German].
 
24. Chopra RN, ed. Indigenous drugs of India. Their medical and economic aspects. Calcutta, India, Art Press, 1933.
 
25. Saha  JC,  Savini  EC,  Kasinathan  S. Ecbolic  properties  of  Indian  Medicinal  Plants. Part 1. Indian Journal of Medical Research, 1961, 49:130–151


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