Indian Frankincense


💊 Chemical information

Encens indien; Indian Olibanum; Olibanum indicum; Salai Guggal.


In Eur..

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Indian Frankincense). Air-dried gum-resin exudate, obtained by incision in the stem or branches of Boswellia serrata. It contains a minimum of 1.0% of 11-ketoβ-boswellic acid (C 30 H 46 O 4 = 470.7) and a minimum of 1.0% of acetyl-11-ketoβ-boswellic acid (C 32 H 48 O 5 = 512.7) calculated with reference to the dried drug.

💊 Profile

Indian frankincense is the gum resin of Boswellia serrata (B. glabra) (Burseraceae). It has anti-inflammatory activity and is included in herbal preparations for musculoskeletal and joint disorders. It is also under investigation for use in inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. Boswellic acids extracted from the gum resin of B. serrata have also been tried for their anti-inflammatory actions in similar disorders.
1. Gupta I, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis. Eur J Med Res 1997; 2: 37–43
2. Gupta I, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial asthma: results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study. Eur J Med Res 1998; 3: 511–14
3. Gupta I, et al. Effects of gum resin of Boswellia serrata in patients with chronic colitis. Planta Med 2001; 67: 391–5
4. Kimmatkar N, et al. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee—a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial. Phytomedicine 2003; 10: 3–7
5. Ammon HPT. Boswellic acids in chronic inflammatory diseases. Planta Med 2006; 72: 1100–16.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Glucobefol; Austral.: Bioglan Joint Mobility; Boswellia Complex; Boswellia Compound; Ital.: Actires; Fitogenase; Reumafort; Revios; Malaysia: Rumalaya; Singapore: Artrex†; UK: NatraFlex; PainEaze.
Published May 08, 2019.