Medicinal Properties of Boswellia and Concomitant Side Effects

Boswellia Serrata herbsThe wisdom of old is sometimes hard to ignore, for they often contain the answers to our lingering questions about life. Similarly, medical science cannot easily turn a cold shoulder to traditional medicine for flimsy reason that the traditional medicine is unlike modern medical science in its procedures of finding the cure for any disease. Yet, the findings of traditional medicine have been filtered by the thousands of years of existence, and for this reason, it is definitely unreasonable to debunk all the claims of traditional medicine.

Off course, if you are someone who was reared in modern medical science, you would surely argue that medical science does not totally debunk the age-old wisdom and claims of traditional medicine; on the contrary, it only tries to verify these claims by letting these claims pass through the filters of scientific method.

Yet, even if you would argue this way, the constant scoffing and the peremptory dismissing of traditional medicine’s claims by medical science practitioners is surely enough to reveal the unwarranted bias of medical science practitioners towards traditional medicine. With this obvious bias, it would surely be impossible to enjoin experts to look deeply into the claims of traditional medicine to verify the efficacy of many of its assumed treatments.

Not All So-called Medical Scientific Treatments are Scientific

If you would consider, for example, Crohn’s Disease, you would readily learn that the exact cure for this disease is still undetermined. Yet, most “so-called” scientific medical practitioners would haughtily prescribe medications to their patients as if they totally understand the specific cause of this disease. Upon closer scrutiny, you would readily see that they are simply assuming their prescriptions based on the probable cause and symptoms of this disease. Hence, their remedies are often not totally verified and can be considered only on the opinion level.

Boswellia as a Potential Cure for IBD and Its Complications

Boswellia serrata is an herb from which the Indian frankincense is produced. This frankincense is called Salai or Olibanum Indicum in Latin. The extract of this herb has been known to cure osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also known to improve the symptoms of asthma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and many other types of diseases.

Its active medicinal constituent is the Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) which is considered to be the most potent inhibitor of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for the buildup of inflammation within the body. Other constituents of Boswellia resin that could be contributory to reducing inflammation include acetyl-β-boswellic acid, β-boswellic acid, and 11-keto-β-boswellic acid.

Boswellia Side Effects

The obvious Boswellia side effects include its ability to decrease the effect of anti-inflammatory medications. Hence, if you are using anti-inflammatory medications, you should first consult with your doctor before beginning to use Boswellia. Moreover, you should refrain from using Boswellia if you are pregnant to protect yourself from any unknown side-effects concomitant with the use of this herb. Other side effects of Boswellia include diarrhea, stomach pain, skin rash, burning, stomach discomfort, acid reflux, and uneasy feeling of fullness of stomach.