Boswellia Serrata Gum Resin is largely used as an incense because of its very unique fragrance. Boswellia has been shown to be as effective and, in many cases, better than drugs like Phenylbutazone and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Boswellia Serrata Gum Resin is the only non-coniferous source of turpentine and resin in India. Boswellia Serrata Gum Resin is widely used in ayurvedic formulations for treating Asthma and Arthritis
The benefits of Boswellia Serrata are found in the sap of the tree, a gummy oleoresin that is purified into a variety of substances. This is where the active ingredients reside, Boswellic acid, among them. The gum resin is one of Ayurvedic medicine's Guggals, a grouping of similar resins with medicinal properties. According to Ayurvedic physicians Boswellia benefits such ailments as ostearthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diarrhea and pulmonary disease as well as bacterial and fungal infections, boils, skin problems and varicose veins.
Ayurvedic physicians understood these benefits long before there were such things as double-bind, placebo-controlled studies. They knew that Boswellia reduced not only the pain but also stopped the degenerative actions that eroded cartilage and joint tissues. It has only been in the last twenty years that western-trained Indian physicians and researchers have documented and reported that Boswellia reduced the degradation of glycosaminoglycans, a component of cartilage, and suggested that Boswellia might act in a synergistic manner with such other joint-support supplements as glucosamine and chondroitin.