Boswellia serrata Roxb.ex Colebr.


Boswellia is a genus of trees known for their aromatic resins which have many uses, especially as anti-inflammatory.

Boswellia, also known as the Indian frankincense tree, produces the incense called Salai, whose aroma is considered inferior to that of the species B. frereana and B.sacra.

It is a medium-sized tree with large branches, deciduous leaves and small yellowish-white flowers. It is found in the hilly and dry regions of India.

Part used

It is used the exudate (gum-resin) obtained by incision in the stem or branches of the tree, and dried at room temperature.


  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Arthritis: rheumatoid, gouty, traumatic, infectious.
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases: ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease.
  • Respiratory conditions: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Monografía de la SEFIT (Sociedad Española de Fitoterapia).

S. Sontakke, V. Thawani, S. Pimpalkhute. Open, randomized, controlled clinical trial of Boswellia serrata extract as compared to Valdecoxib in ost.eoarthritis of knee. Indian J. Pharmacol. February 2007, Vol. 39, Issue 1, 27-29

Ammon HP. “Boswellic Acids and Their Role in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases”. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;928:291-327.

Belgaro G, Dugall M, Luzzi R. et al. “Management of osteoarthritis (OA) with the pharma-standard supplement FlexiQule (Boswellia): a 12-week registry”. Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 2015 Oct 22. 

Daeum Naum, Ok-Kyung Kim. Effect of Boswellia serrata Extracts on Degenerative Osteoarthritis in vitro and in vivo Models. May 2014. Journal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition 43(5):631-640

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