Gum resin from the bark of the Boswellia tree found in India, North Africa and the Middle East. Ayurvedic medicine.
The extract of Boswellia serrata can support the body in maintaining healthy joints via anti-inflammatory activity, pain relief, and anti-arthritic effects.
Studies have mainly looked at the effect of Boswellia serrata on osteoarthritis. A 2017 review of dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis found that Boswellia serrata showed clinically important improvements in joint stiffness in the short term. There is no evidence for medium or long-term benefits.
A 2019 study found that the topical application of Boswellia Carterii B. (oliban oil) was associated with a significant improvement in OA pain and symptoms compared to control and diclofenac groups. However, activities of daily living, sport and recreation, and knee-related quality of life did not improve significantly.
No serious adverse effects have been reported, but high doses may impact the liver. Do not start taking any supplement without consulting your doctor or specialist first.