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Generic: Boswellia sacra
treats Brain tumors, Crohn's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, and Asthma
               



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Safety

DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.

Allergies

Avoid in individuals with a known allergy to boswellia, its constituents, or members in the Burseraveae family. Allergic contact dermatitis has been associated with the use of a naturopathic cream containing Boswellia serrata extract.

Side Effects and Warnings

Boswellia is generally believed to be safe when used as directed, although safety and toxicity have not been well studied in humans. The most common complaints in trials have been nausea and acid reflux. A qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, should be consulted prior to use.

Dermatitis (itchy, inflamed skin) has been reported in clinical trials using Articulin- F®, a combination product containing gum resin from Boswellia serrata as well as Withania somnifera (ashwagandha), Curcuma longa (turmeric), and zinc complex. However, it is not clear if boswellia alone would cause these effects.

Boswellia extract has been associated with mild gastrointestinal upset, abdominal fullness, epigastric pain, gastroesophageal reflux symptoms, diarrhea, and nausea. It is not clear to what extent these symptoms were related to the patients' underlying colitis or the boswellia specifically in some cases due to use of a combination product.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Reports in the Indian literature suggest that resin from boswellia is an emmenagogue (promotes menstruation) and may induce abortion. Safety of boswellia during pregnancy has not been systematically studied, and therefore cannot be recommended.

Interactions

Interactions with Drugs

Boswellia may potentiate the actions of pharmaceutical leukotriene inhibitors such as zafrilukast (Accolate®) and montelukast (Singulair®), which are used in the treatment of asthma.

Theoretically, use with other anti- proliferative agents may increase effects or toxicity of boswellia.

The gum of boswellia may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and may increase the effects of lipid lowering agents. It may also bind to/ impair absorption of lipid- soluble agents.

Non- steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs may interfere with the proposed benefits of boswellia in arthritis.

Boswellia may increase the effects of antifungals.

Boswellia may interact with immunomodulators, drugs broken down by the liver, antibiotics, fat soluble drugs, and sedatives.

Interactions with Herbs & Supplements

Boswellia may act additively with agents shown used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, such as glucosamine and chondroitin.

Theoretically, use with other anti- proliferative agents may increase effects or toxicity of boswellia.

Boswellia may increase the effects of antifungals.

The gum of boswellia has been reported to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in rats, and may increase the effects of lipid lowering agents, such as garlic.

Boswellia may interact with immunomodulators, herbs and supplements broken down by the liver, antibiotics, fat soluble drugs, chondroitin, glycosaminoglycans (GAGS), and sedatives.

               
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