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What is Boswellia?

Boswellia, also known as Shallaki or Boswellia serrata is a natural and safe herb for optimum joint health. It has traditionally been used as incense because of its fragrant properties. One active constituent, Boswellic Acid, is a pyrazoline derivative shown to be very effective in supporting healthy joints.

Like its cousin Guggul, Boswellia has many cholesterol and triglyceride lowering properties. One of the principal constituents in the gum resin is boswellic acid which exhibits anti-inflammatory activity.

Boswellia has been used extensively in Ayurveda for joint support and to provide an overall sense of well-being. Also known as "Salai Guggul," it is like its cousin Guggul in offering broad health and immunomodulating benefits. The gum resin is used as an ointment for sores and has anti-inflammatory, antiatherosclerotic and antiarthritic activities.

The nonphenolic fraction of the gum resin had marked sedative and analgesic action. The gum is a well known household fumigant and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent when applied externally. Internally, besides being antiarthritic, it has expectorant effects. It also reduces body weight.

In clinical trials, promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, bronchial asthma und peritumoral brains edemas. Boswellic acids inhibit the leukotriene biosynthesis in neutrophilic granulocytes by a non-redox, noncompetitive inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. The effect is triggered by boswellic acids binding to the enzyme.

Moreover certain boswellic acids have been described to inhibit elastase in leukocytes, to inhibit proliferation, induce apoptosis and to inhibit topoisomerases of leukoma- and glioma cell lines. A series of chronic inflammatory diseases are thought to be perpetuated by leukotrienes.

What is Boswellia?

Boswellia, also known as Boswellia serrata, is an herb that has extensively been used in Ayurveda for joint support and to provide an overall sense of well-being. It is commonly referred to as a cousin of Guggul, in offering broad health and immunomodulating benefits.

Who can take Boswellia?

Because herbal medicines are relatively mild and gentle on the human body, Boswellia can be taken by practically everyone, regardless of age and gender. However, it is especially useful for those who are troubled by arthritis, ulcerative colitis, back pain, and inflammation.

Is Boswellia addictive?

Himalaya Boswellia is a pure herb that does not contain any addictive ingredients. It is reliable and can be taken without fear of addiction for long periods of time.

Are there any side effects to taking Boswellia? Side effects are rare, but include skin rash, diarrhea, and nausea. Research has not established if this is safe for pregnant women yet; it is recommended that pregnant women avoid taking Boswellia.

What kind of action does Boswellia have on the body?

Affecting some 40 million people, including 200,000 children, arthritis is the most common chronic disease in America. In osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, Boswellia has anti-inflammatory action similar to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), without the accompanying stomach irritation. Boswellia helps to improve circulation to joints, relieves pain, stiffness, and boosts tonic and immune effects.

What are the benefits of taking Boswellia?

Boswellia provides progressive long lasting results for the following conditions:

- Arthritis
- Back Pain
- Inflammation
- Injury and Wounds
- Sprain

How long do I have take Boswellia before I see any results?

Herbal medicines provide progressive, long-term benefits. Certain classes of herbs work well in acute conditions to provide quick relief, however herbs like Boswellia need to be taken for at least 3-4 weeks before the benefits of taking it can be experienced. Optimally, you may have to take Boswellia for anywhere between 3 and 6 months to experience the full range of benefits. Individual results can vary.

Have any studies been done on Boswellia?

One researcher who reviewed 11 German clinical studies found that Boswellia had been beneficial for 260 people who did not respond well to conventional treatments. Researchers found that standardized Boswellia extract significantly reduced swelling and pain and usually reduced morning stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even more impressive was that some people were able to reduce their intake of NSAIDs.

It is important to note that NSAIDs, the pharmaceutical medicines most often taken for arthritis help to relieve pain and inflammation, but may actually accelerate cartilage degeneration. Boswellia does not cause this degeneration. It actually reduces the breakdown of cartilage building blocks known as glycosaminoglycans1. In a 6-week study involving 42 people who had ulcerative colitis symptoms, researchers found that Boswellia extract was just as effective as the high-powered pharma drugs sulfasalazine in promoting remission2.

Is Boswellia a standardized herbal medicine?

Himalaya Healthcare Company has solved the riddle of ensuring consistency of performance for herbal remedies through full control of all stages of production from growing the herbs on their own farms to adhering to pharma Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and stringent quality controls. Every Himalaya Pure Herb, including Boswellia, is fingerprinted using the most sophisticated chromatographic techniques to consistently maintain the highest quality.

What is the difference between the pure herb, Boswellia, and herbal blends that contain Boswellia as one of the primary ingredients?

Himalaya Pure Herbs is a line of clinically proven traditional herbs from The Himalaya Drug Company. The Himalaya Pure Herbs range delivers to you the best of a rich Indian pharmacopoeia in a convenient capsule form. Each Pure Herb capsule contains the goodness of the entire plant and all its attendant benefits.

On the other hand, herbal blends, like JointCare, that contain Boswellia as the primary ingredient fulfill essentially all of the functions that Boswellia individually does, but include other herbs that address different aspects of lipid and fat metabolism. For most consumers, it is often a matter of preference and choice when deciding between Pure Herbs and Herbal blends. At Himalaya, we recommend herbal blends when it is necessary to treat multiple conditions and pure herbs when treating any one specific condition.

Which of the herbal blends contains Boswellia?

Boswellia is one of the primary ingredients in Himalaya JointCare, which helps support healthy joints. JointCare helps maintain freedom of movement, promotes circulation, helps cope with sprains and strains from activity and provides overall support of the musculoskeletal system. Boswellia in JointCare has been shown to be very effective in supporting healthy joints.

Which is more important when shopping for herbal medicines - safety, effectiveness, or bioequivalence?

We recognize that, for most consumers, the real issue is less one of safety and effectiveness of herbal remedies in general and more one of the quality of the specified product. The real issue for the consumer is the question of bioequivalence: is the product in front of me going to be bioequivalent to the one I have been reading about and deliver the results I expect?

Why buy Himalaya Boswellia when there are countless other brands available on the market?

It is important that you, as a consumer, look for products that have not only been researched clinically but are also “fingerprinted” to guarantee that “the science is in the pill”. Himalaya, in fact, pioneered “fingerprinting” as the way to achieve consistency of performance of herbal remedies. Fingerprinting refers to perfectly matching the entire phyto-constituent profile of the plant between the product on the market and the reference or standard on which the science has been generated.

In other words, “fingerprinting” the entire make-up of the herbal product is the only way to verify bioequivalence. Most companies that manufacture herbal medicines are not equipped nor care to perform such fingerprinting. Consequently for the consumer, most products on the market cannot truly make the claims they make because the bioequivalence of their herbal products has not been conclusively established through a match of their phyto-constituent profiles with the reference.


Boswellia has been scientifically validated by many clinical studies. Its formula has been subjected to the modern scrutiny of clinical testing to prove its benefits in gently addressing your health concerns, and its quality is controlled by the most sophisticated chromatographic "fingerprinting" techniques.


The gummy resin of the boswellia tree has been used as a treatment for arthritis, bursitis, diarrhea, and respiratory disease. The herb Boswellia is now being used to fight both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. The therapeutic benefits of herbal Boswellia has been demonstrated by tests designed to collect information on anti-arthritic compounds.

Boswellia has been shown effective and in many cases better than drugs like Phenylbutazone and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Also Boswellia proved to have NO ulcer causing side effects which can occur with anti-inflammatory drugs like: aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), and others.

Boswellia's two main phyto-chemicals are boswellin and boswellic acid that both have anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic properties.

People with "very weakened" immune systems may not be able to use boswellia.

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