If you have difficulty in walking, running, getting up, bending down, if your joints hurt and interrupt your ability to move freely, then read on.
Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) has been used for centuries in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine to maintain healthy joints. This is still one of its main uses.
Boswellia is a moderate to large branching tree found in the dry, hilly areas of India. When the tree trunk is tapped, a gummy oleoresin is exuded. The purified extract of this resin is known as Boswellia serrata or boswellin.
One of the active constituents in boswellia is Boswellic Acid, a pyrazoline derivative which has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory activity and has proven very effective in supporting healthy joints. Boswellic acids (BA) are believed to suppress the proliferating tissue found in the inflamed areas and also prevent the breakdown of connective tissue. The mechanism is similar to the action of non steroidal groups of anti-arthritic drugs but with no side effects, gastric irritation and ulcerogenic activity. Boswellic acids improve blood supply to the joints and maintain the integrity of blood vessels. At least one study has indicated that they may open up collateral blood circulation to provide adequate blood supply to the joints.
Boswellic acids have been known to provide many benefits, including: reduce joint swelling, maintain blood supply to inflamed joints, maintain mobility, and reduce pain due to stiffness in the joints. They also have no side effects.
Ageless Cures Boswellin is standardized to 60 to 65 percent boswellic acid and its derivatives. These are the primary active ingredients in the gum resin.
Boswellia possesses analgesic and anti-arthritic properties. By regulating the mediators of inflammation, it exerts a significant anti-inflammatory activity. The herb also acts as COX-2 inhibitors and reduces the pain and inflammation without affecting gastric mucosa. It soothes the joints and also helps treating levels of synovial fluid making the entire structure lubricated and easy to rotate or to move.
A double-blind crossover study of patients with osteoarthritis demonstrated that a preparation containing Boswellin significantly reduced disability scores and pain, although it did not alter the underlying joint deformity.
The arthritis benefits from boswellic acids may be related to their impact on glycosaminoglycan metabolism. These are the same biochemical pathways affected by glucosamine. Boswellic acid also has an effect on the immune system.
Health Benefits Of Boswellia
The active anti-inflammatory ingredients in Boswellia identified by the researchers are commonly referred as boswellic acids. In studies, these acids have been shown to reduce inflammation significantly in several ways. Boswellic acids deter inflammatory white cells from infiltrating damaged tissue. They improve blood flow to the joints. They also block chemical reactions that set the stage for inflammation to occur in chronic intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Boswellia may help to ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, boswellia has been shown to decrease the severity of back pain, particularly when used orally.
Boswellia appears to provide this vital relief without the negative side effects often seen with traditional pain relievers. Unlike many other common pain relievers, Boswellia has not been shown to cause stomach upset and other digestive problems.
Generally Boswellia appears to be well tolerated with very few side effects.
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1. What exactly is the use of Boswellin?
A- Boswellin is a proven-effective, safe and natural herbal remedy, which will act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and provides relief to the joints and muscle tissues that are stiff and painful. Boswellin also helps treating joint and muscular conditions like osteoarthritis, fibrosis, rheumatism, and lower back pain.
2. I am sure any analgesic or painkiller disturbs our digestive systems and produce burning sensations in stomach. Can you specify Boswellin now?
A- Well, you are partially correct. Drugs like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs), analgesics etc. disturb the microflora of the intestines and also irritate the gastric mucosa which causes the symptoms you described. Remember that Boswellin is natural herb and it contains all natural ingredients. The property of the herb is analgesic but it does not disturb either your microflora or your gastric mucosa.
3. Are there any other products that can augment with Boswellin and provide faster relief from joint pains?
A – Boswellin itself is the great herb. However you can add some of the other potent herbs like Ginger, Guggulu, Athcare Capsules etc. We also recommend to-go for topical use the Ageless Cures Joint Relief Serum. Studies indicate that perhaps the most effective joint pain relief supplement is a combination of boswellin and curcumin.
4. What are the other precautions or recommendations to get rid of day-to-day pains?
A – Along with Boswellin, you can practice Yoga. Avoid contact between cool atmosphere and your joints wearing knee caps or any cloth that covers joints. For backache, change your sitting posture (sit straight and not curved) and sleep on flat surfaces. Avoid junk food and apply oil regularly to the joints.
Boswellia is widely used as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, myositis, fibrositis, and osteoarthritis. In the study conducted as the Government Medical College in Jammu, India, nearly 60 percent of arthritic patients tested with the herb experienced good to excellent results in stiffness and pain. Over three-quarters of the patients in the study were wither bedridden or incapacitated from doing normal work. Within two to four weeks after starting on the Boswellin extract, they reported a lessening of morning joint stiffness, pain and improved grip strength. In another study of 26 patients suffering from arthritic knees, dramatic improvement was experienced within four weeks.
In the United States, physicians are giving Boswellin high ranking for its effectiveness. Dr. E.W. McDonagh, a Kansas City physician, has reported success among 350 patients suffering from a variety of advanced muscular and skeletal conditions for which other treatments had failed to help. “Many were taking multiple prescription and non-prescription medication and had developed since side effects, “ McDonagh says. “Once taking Boswellin as prescribed, pain significantly reduced or vanished in two to four weeks time. All patients were able to eliminate other medication or reduce dosages significantly.”
Studies done with patients with active Crohn’s disease with Boswellia Serrata Extract in 2001 (Z Gastroenterol) have shown that according to the state of the art treatment of active Crohn’s disease, mesalazine, Boswellia is superior considering both safety and efficacy in terms of benefit-risk-evaluation.