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The Bountiful Benefits of Boswellia
The popularity of boswellia, a botanical medicine discovered more than three millennia ago, is experiencing a resurgence.
Long recognized for its anti-inflammatory benefits, this oleogum resin also has anti-cancer and immunomodulatory properties.1 Boswellia, or frankincense, harkens back to ancient India and Egypt.
Frankincense was one of the four components in the medicinal "Balsam of Jerusalem" from the Franciscan Monastery2 and, as noted in the Papyrus Ebers, circa 1500 BCE, had applications in Egypt for mummification, cremation and the treatment of skin wounds.3,4
In the Indian medical system Ayurveda, boswellia goes by the term "salai guggul." Its Sanskrit name, Gajabhakshya, suggests that humans observed elephants ingesting the plant. That is, ancient Indian Ayurvedic healers witnessed these huge animals feeding on Boswellia serrata trees, which grow widely across the dry hills of northwest India.
Coupling this observation with their knowledge of elephants' longevity and astounding physical capacity, these early doctors began questioning whether the elephants' dietary intake of boswellia might offer similar benefits to humans, though in much smaller amounts.5
Boswellia, or boswellic acids, exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo.
Triterpenes in boswellic acid reduce the synthesis of leukotrienes in intact neutrophils by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase, the key enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes, ...
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