It is a plant widely used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and minor sports traumas.

What is it

Boswellia serrata is a plant native to the subtropics of Africa and Saudi Arabia.

From its resin is obtained a dry extract rich in anti-inflammatory and analgesic active ingredients.

When it can be used

Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Boswellia serrata in treating inflammatory and allergic conditions or diseases.

Among these, for example, there are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritisosteoarthritis and minor sports traumas.

Mechanism of action

It has been demonstrated with laboratory tests that the active ingredients of Boswellia serrata, present in the form of mixtures of resins and essential oils, have an inhibitory effect on particular enzymes that govern the inflammatory reaction.

What it looks like

Boswellia serrata is presented as a nebulized dry extract and titrated in boswellic acids, the active ingredients of the plant.

In recent years, a patented extract of Boswellia serrata, with improved anti-inflammatory properties, has been available on the market.


At least 300 mg of dry extract per day divided into two or three daily administrations, for cycles of 2 months with short intervals.


During human studies, no noteworthy side effects were observed, except rare cases of allergic skin reactions, nor are interactions with other substances or drugs known.

There are no data on its use in pregnancy and during lactation.

It can be used in children from 4 years of age.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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