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Millions of adults frequently rely on pain killers to help manage ongoing joint pain, Boswellia serrata has shown to help relieve symptoms of joint pain— including stiffness, reduced range of motion and difficulty walking.
Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, salai guggul, or shallaki comes from the Boswellia serrata tree native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East. Boswellia serrata grows throughout the hotter parts of India. The gummy oleoresin discharge from the bark is known as salai guggul, has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat pain and inflammation, particularly arthritic conditions.
Boswellia seratta has been used for centuries in ayurevedic and traditional medicine for its analgesic, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that these benefits come mainly from terpenes, and active constituents known as boswellic acids. Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory actions have been shown to ease pain, reduce swelling, and improve general wellbeing.
All forms of boswellia and frankincense typically have zero side effects, though women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it. As a precaution, it is recommended that Boswellia is taken with food and water two hours away from any prescription medications.
If you’re suffering from joint pain and inflammation, Boswellia seratta may just be the herbal ingredient for you.