Boswellia

boswellia

Boswellia (Shallaki) is a sacred plant widely used in traditional medicine and is considered an essential part of Ayurvedic medicine. The oleo gum resin extracted from this plant has various medicinal properties. It reduces swelling as well as stiffness in the inflamed joints due to its anti-inflammatory property.

What are the synonyms of Boswellia?

Boswellia is also known as Boswellia Serrata, Kundur, Salai, Dhup, Gugali, Chitta, Guguladhuph, Parangi, Sambrani.

Benefits of Boswellia

Manages Osteoarthritis (symptoms)

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Boswellia helps reduce pain, improve knee-joint disorders, and help patients with osteoarthritis.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Shallaki/Boswellia extract is useful in managing pain in osteoarthritis. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling, and joint immobility. Boswellia has Vata balancing property and relieves pain and swelling in the joints associated with osteoarthritis.

Manages Rheumatoid Arthritis (symptoms)

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Boswellia can manage the symptoms of arthritis, as it contains individual constituents with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These constituents inhibit the activity of an inflammatory protein responsible for causing inflammation. This helps manage joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. In this, Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) gets accumulated in joints instead of being absorbed when carried to different locations through Vata. Boswellia has Vata balancing property and also helps to reduce Ama. This gives relief from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis-like pain and swelling in the joints.

Manages Asthma

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Boswellia can play a role in reducing leukotrienes, which causes bronchial muscles to contract. The herb could play an essential role in treating bronchial asthma. It has favorable immune-balancing properties of Boswellia that can help prevent environmental allergens that happen in asthma.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

According to Ayurveda, the vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with the deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs, causing obstruction in the respiratory passage. This results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga (asthma). Boswellia helps to remove excess mucus from the lungs and gives relief from the symptoms of asthma. This is because of its Vata and Kapha balancing properties.

Manages Ulcerative Colitis

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

The herb has anti-inflammatory properties that may effectively treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis (UC).

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Ulcerative Colitis is caused by an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Boswellia helps correct its symptoms because of its Grahi (absorbent) and Sita (cold) properties. This helps to thicken the stool and also stops bleeding in the stool.

FAQs

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

No, Boswellia is not bad for the joints. Studies indicate that Boswellia helps reduce pain, improve knee-joint disorders, and help patients with osteoarthritis.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

No, in fact, Boswellia is useful for all joint related problems when used for one to two months. This is because of its Vata balancing property.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Boswellia can manage the symptoms of arthritis, as it contains individual constituents with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These constituents inhibit the activity of an inflammatory protein responsible for causing inflammation. This helps manage joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Yes, Boswellia can be used in arthritis. Boswellia is an effective remedy to control arthritis-like pain symptoms because of its Vata balancing nature and thus reduces the pain and improves joints’ function.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Boswellia has analgesic abilities due to the presence of individual constituents. These constituents inhibit the mediators responsible for inflammation and pain, thereby managing the pain associated with inflammation.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Boswellia resin gives relief in pain (especially joint pain) because of its Vata balancing nature. According to Ayurveda, all types of pain are caused by aggravated Vata since Boswellia helps to pacify Vata and reduces the pain associated with swelling.

Boswellia might help manage autoimmune disease due to its antioxidant property. The antioxidants present in Boswellia fight against the free radicals, which are responsible for causing cell damage. This helps in improving the immune response of the body.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Boswellia helps in healing wounds due to its fast healing property. It contains individual constituents which help in wound contraction and closure. It also helps in collagen synthesis (which provides strength to wounds) and forms new skin cells, promoting faster wound healing.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Yes, Boswellia helps in quick healing of wounds when applied to the affected area because of its Ropan (healing) property.

No, Shallaki, when used in the recommended dosage, does not cause dizziness.

Yes, Boswellia helps to control the signs of aging due to its Snigdha (oily) nature.

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