Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, is a resin herbal extract from the boswellia tree, which natural medicine practices have used for centuries. Its anti-inflammatory effects mean that it may help with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma.


What are the benefits?

Natural health practices have used boswellia for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory disorders. The scientific research on boswellia is less developed, but it is beginning to unveil potential uses for the resin and its extracts.

Boswellia and its active ingredients, such as boswellic acid, appear to have a good anti-inflammatory effect on the body,

Side effects and risks:

Boswellia is a natural extract, but it can still have side effects. It may cause digestive side effects, such as nausea, acid reflux, and diarrhea. 

Some people may experience skin rashes when using boswellia, especially if they apply it directly to the skin.

Boswellia appears to act as an anti-inflammatory. As a result, it may interact with similar drugs, such as NSAIDs. It is important to talk to a doctor before taking boswellia alongside other medications, such as:

  • Aspirine
  • Naproxen
  • Ibuprofen

Boswellia may also interfere with the action of certain drugs, including some anticoagulant medications and antiplatelet drugs. Anyone taking these drugs should talk to a doctor before taking boswellia.