Boswellia Serrata and Osteoarthritis

Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract and Osteoarthritis
– Benefits and Side Effects

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

Side effects?

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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