Boswellia Serrata and Osteoarthritis
Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract is an east indian tree that yields a resin used medicinally and is also burned as incense. Boswellia is used as a herbal medicine for many inflammatory diseases, including an alternative treatment for osteoarthritis. Boswellia’s efficacy is considered to be quite high, when compared to NSAIDs and Cox-2 Inhibitors (Advil, Aleve, Celebrex,etc), without all the dangerous side effects.
Therapeutic effects on osteoarthritis:
- decrease in joint pain
- increased range-of-motion
- increased stamina during physical activity
- increased flexibility and mobility
- decrease in swelling
No major side effects have been mentioned in medical journals. Occasionally patients have reported a slight stomach upset. Therefore, we suggest taking Boswellia supplements with meals.
Conclusion: Boswellia is an excellent alternative treatment for osteoarthritis and is well tolerated especially when combined with other anti-inflammatory properties, including Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
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