Boswellia serrata Roxb.

Last updated on: 21.10.2023

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Indian frankincense comes from the sabal tree (Boswellia serrata). The greenish-pale bark of this large tree peels off in papery smooth strips.

When the bark is injured, a yellowish-brownish gum resin that solidifies into lumps is secreted. Harvesting takes place in March and June, the injuries are set months before. About kg of resin/year can be obtained per tree.

Phytotherapeutic use is made of the air-dried gum resin (Indian frankincense - Olibanum indicum), which is exuded when the trunk and branches are injured.

Not yet processed by the HMPC.
ESCOP monograph: for painful joint arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease.

Ayurvedic medicine: Supportive treatment in chronic polyarthritis, remission treatment in inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease.

In clinical studies efficacy confirmed in inflammatory bowel disease. No final assessment and approval in Germany yet . Approved standardized preparations of foreign countries can be used in individual prescriptions.

Aromatherapy: The extracted essential oil is used for anxiety and tension states.

Pharmacodynamics (Effect)
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Antiphlogistic by inhibiting phospholipase A and the formation of leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Inhibition of cartilage destructive enzymes, 5-lipoxygenase, topoisomerases. Analgesic, antitumoral, immunosuppressive, antimicrobial and inhibition of complement activation.

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Due to the anti-inflammatory effects resulting from the inhibition of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase, which in turn induces leukotriene synthesis, there is a possible use in diseases with elevated leukotriene levels (without approval): asthma, rhinitis allergica, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis.

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No sufficient data in pregnancy and lactation, also not for children and adolescents under 18 years.

Caution in case of latex allergy.

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Boswellia serrata® Kps Frankincense Indian® Capsules

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  2. Wenigmann M.(2017) Phytotherapy medicinal drugs phytopharmaceuticals application. Urban & Fischer: 5.115 Tormentillae rhizoma p 211-212.

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Last updated on: 21.10.2023