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