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Herb of the Week: Boswellia

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:23am

Boswellia Boswellia is a large branching tree originally from the dry areas of India. An extract can be produced form the resin of the tree trunk. This extract has many pharmacological uses particularly as an anti-inflammatory.

Boswellia has been successfully used in many modern herbal preparations. Studies have showed that this ancient Ayurvedic herb can be an essential tool to support one of the most common problems these days: osteoarthritis.

Nearly 21 million people in the United States are suffering from osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or joint disease, which has become the leading cause of chronic disability in the country.

Osteoarthritis is a clinical syndrome in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints. This is typically caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints and decrease of fluids that lubricates those joints.

As the bone surfaces become less protected by cartilage, patients increasingly experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing. Muscles may atrophy and ligaments may become more lax as a result of decreasing movement because of pain.

Boswellia can relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis acting as an anti- inflammatory in the human system. Products containing boswellia may inhibit pro-inflammatory mediators in the body and long-term use does not appear to cause any side effects.

Treatment with boswellia is safe and efficient. An average of 150mg of the product taken three times a day should be sufficient to help the majority of cases.

Solgar Boswellia Resin Extract - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Source Naturals Boswellia Extract 262 mg. - 50 Tablets
Ayurceutics Now Avesta Boswellia - 60 Capsules

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