As we age, no matter how fit we try to keep or how healthy we eat, our muscles start to wear down a little, especially in the joints. And this is usually accompanied by inflammation and joint-pain, even to an unbearable extent sometimes. This may show up as inability to move about and carry on with our day-to-day activities; and this is just the beginning, well on its way to getting worse. Inflammation or rheumatism is one of the gnawing low-downs of growing old.

During rheumatism, as the swelling starts to develop, it seriously affects our joints, inhibiting our mobility and also consequently resulting in severe pain. It can even lead to some rather chronic diseases if ignored in the long run. If you happen to be familiar with this situation and are earnestly looking for a cure, think about Boswellia.

AKBA (Boswellia serrata)

Boswellia serrata, Salai guggul, or Sallaki is one of those native Indian herbs that are highly acclaimed and even scientifically proven in offering relief from various kinds of inflammatory disorders. Sourced exclusively from the sap of Boswellia tree, Boswellia extract is regarded by Ayurveda as one of the most effective herbs in curing inflammation and rheumatism. Ayurveda believes that Boswellia is naturally equipped to be both, a heating as well as cooling agent, at the same time. Whereas on the one hand, the heat enhances the blood flow to our joints, on the other, owing to its cooling tendency, the herb also supports the body in allowing an inflammatory cool-down.

Also called the Indian version of Frankincense, it possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties, without any side effects. It is much more potent than most of the commercially available anti-inflammatory drugs, and much less toxic at the same time. Its active compound is known as AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), and helps our body in naturally responding to issues that follow inflammation, including joint pains.

Boswellia serrata – Amazing Aid For Joint Pains And Arthritis

During pharmacological evaluation of the extract of Boswellia, it was found that it caused significant reduction in swelling and pain. Boswellia is used to cure rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. A comparative study showed that Boswellia extract produced indicative benefits in arthritic patients. Boswellia decreases knee pain and increases knee flexion.

Besides, it also comes equipped with the ability to balance the cholesterol levels and look after the health of our liver. There are various other problems that can be controlled and cured by this ancient Ayurvedic herb, such as diarrhoea, asthma, jaundice, dysentery, boils, and ringworm. The list of benefits derived from this herb may be exhaustive, but it can no way be termed as short. Some other advantage that it may render when used as a home remedy have been listed below.

More Healthcare Benefits

  • Purishavirajaniya

Boswellia serrata corrects both digestion and assimilation. It is even considered to be good for piles.

  • Atisarjit

Since it also possesses astringent properties, it helps in better absorption of fluids and the digested foods. This makes it a recommended dietary supplement to cure diarrhoea.

  • Shirovirechana

Shallaki is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to harmonize Kapha Dosha as it expels the extra Kapha out of the body.

  • Raktapitta Hara

serrata has been proven to be one of the best natural remedy for bleeding disorders like excessive bleeding during bleeding piles, menstruation time, bleeding diarrhea, bleeding gums etc.

  • Vranahara

This is also one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to promote prompt healing of wounds and ulcers.

  • Pushtikrit

Shallaki rejuvenates all the systems of the body.

  • Twachya

Boswellia serrata nourishes the skin and gives it healthy glow.

How to Consume

Boswella serrata can be consumed after being dried. However, its extract is widely available in the form of powder and can be found at various pharmacies. Its prominent anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic attributes are the reason behind this super-herb coming into picture. It is being used as an active ingredient and is also showing remarkable results indeed. And as the process of deriving and drying up the herb could be rather cumbersome, the prospect of obtaining a standardized extract of the same sounds appealing.


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