Test-tube, animal, and human trials have shown boswellia’s anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps prevent deterioration of arthritic joints by reducing the degradation of glycosaminoglycans, substances found in cartilage, joint fluid, and connective tissue. In contrast, NSAIDs disrupt these substances and contribute to joint damage. Researchers have also found that boswellia extracts reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness, and improve joint function:
In addition to fighting inflammation, boswellia also calms autoimmune reactions—when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. Through the combination of calming this reaction and reducing inflammation, the herb may help relieve rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
How to Use Boswellia
Always take boswellia extracts with food to avoid possible stomach upset.
5-Loxin or Aflapin: Many supplements contain 5-Loxin or Aflapin as ingredients. Take 100 mg daily of either extract. For faster relief, take 250 mg daily of 5-Loxin.
Other Boswellia Extracts: Most studies have used 300–400 mg, three times daily. However, since the strength of individual extracts varies, follow product directions or the advice of a health professional who uses herbal treatments.
|Dr. Venessa’s Formulas
Inflama-Flexx boswellia with several other anti-inflammatories to keep joints moving.
Healthy Knees & Joints by EuroPharma features 70% organic boswellic acids along with curcumin and vitamin D3.
Herbal Prescriptives TheraMend COX-2 Flex boasts a standardized extract of boswellia, shown ease pain and stiffness fast.
Eye on NSAIDs
Commonly used as pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause more than 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year, mostly due to stomach bleeding. A few you may know:
Over-the-counter: Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve).
Prescription: Celebrex (side effects include increased risk for heart attack and stroke), Indocin, Lodine, Naprosyn, Relafen, Vimovo, and Voltaren.
Steven Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, LAc (doctorrbrand.com) is an integrative physician in private practice in Los Angeles and a leading pioneer in combining Eastern and Western medicine.