Boswellic acids are a series of pentacyclic triterpene molecules that are produced by plants in the genus Boswellia.
- Boswellia is an herbal extract taken from the Boswellia serrata tree.
- Resin made from boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as a number of other health conditions. It is available as a resin, pill, or cream.
- Studies show that boswellia may reduce inflammation and may be useful in treating:
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- inflammatory bowel disease
Boswellia may be an emmenagogue and abortificient. This means it can stimulate menstruation and induce miscarriage by increasing blood flow in the uterus. Pregnant women are advised to avoid this herb.
Boswellia may interact with and decrease the effects of anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and other medications. Talk to your doctor before using boswellia products, especially if you’re taking other medications to treat inflammation.
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boswellic_acid