Boswellia serrata, also called as the Indian version of Frankincense, has been used for centuries for its ability to heal and treat inflammatory disorders. It is obtained from the sap of the Boswellia tree, a native Indian plant. It has also been used to treat diarrhea, arthritis and pulmonary diseases. Also, when used as an incense, Boswellia resin is reported to relieve depression and anxiety.
Interestingly, its medicinal use might be attributable to elephants, as it’s said that ancient Ayurvedic healers discovered its benefits by watching elephants eat Boswellia. Since elephants are known for their long life and health, it is thought that the healers wanted to bring the health benefits of the tree to their patients.
Over the last few years, Boswellia has attracted much attention in the world medical community because it possesses anti-inflammatory properties that are equal to prescription medications without the unpleasant/dangerous side effects. For example, research conducted in India found that an extract of Boswellia dramatically relieved rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Even better, boswellia was less toxic and more potent than the standard drug of choice at the time, benzoyl hydrotropic acid.