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Boswellia Serrata
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Boswellia serrata
(other names: guggals, Indian Frankincense, salai guggal, Dhup, Indian Olibanum, Salaki, guggulu, Shallaki, )

Boswellia serrata is tree found in India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.
Strips of bark are peeled away, yielding a gummy oleo-resin which contains oils, terpenoids,and gum.
Extracts of this gummy exudate have been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine as
an anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory pharmacological agent. Salai guggal and its purified fraction boswellic acid have been reported-to possess variety of pharmacological actions.

The gum resin of Boswellia serrata is known to contain:
  • Monoterpenes (a-thujene)
  • Diterpenes (macrocyclic diterpenoids such as incensole, incensole oxide, iso-incensole oxide, a diterpene alcohol (serratol))
  • Triterpenes (such as a-and b-amyrins)
  • Pentacyclic triterpenic acids (boswellic acids)
  • Tetracyclic triterpenic acids (tirucall-8,24-dien-21-oic acids)

Boswellia serrata gum resin is separated into two fractions by solvent extraction and alkali treatment:

  • An acid fraction
  • A neutral fraction
The total acid fraction (I-X) is pharmacologically significant and all available clinical documentation is based on this fraction. However, additional research done in the 90ís indicates that the boswellic acids from the total acid extract are the principal pharmacologically active components to give the therapeutic benefits.

USES: Refrigerant, diuretic, aromatic, demulcent, aperient, alterative. It is used as astringent in chronic ulcers, diseased bones. It finds its use in rheumatic, nervous diseases & oral care. It is also said to reduce obesity. The oil of Boswellia is also used in aromatherapy

Somalia is the Major exporter

The Contents of the CD ROM

  • Botanical Details
  • Cultivation Details
  • Sources Information on the Herb
  • Seed Suppliers
  • Extraction Details
  • Equipment Suppliers
  • Consultants
  • Medicinal Properties
  • Indian Exporters
  • Technology Companies
  • Companies involved in buying the herbs in India and overseas.

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