Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian Frankincense, is a tree that produces frankincense, referred to in Sanskrit as shallaki and in Latin as Olibanum Indicum. (Escop, 2009). Boswellia serrata is a sap that is extracted from the bark of Boswellia tree, including Boswellia carterii, and Boswellia frereana. Of these, Boswellia Serrata is commonly used for medicinal purposes. It is native to Punjab region of India that extends into Pakistan and is also found in the Middle East and Arabia. (Indian Frankincense, 2017). It has been commonly used for centuries as a part of Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda.
Historically, Frankincense was also measured as one of the highest valued currency of exchange throughout the Middle East. Its value was so immense that the priests of Israel would burn it as a precious sacrifice to God. (Bollinger, n.d.).
Medicinally, Boswellia Serrata has been useful in treating multiple diseases and conditions. Studies have identified that it has naturally ability to reduce inflammation and radical damage by controlling terpenes. Besides, it helps fight pain and preserve the reliability of stomach. (Axe, 2017). A recent medicine database showed that Boswellia can help reduce pain, swelling, and trouble moving in people with arthritis or knee joint disorder and other inflamed forms of joints. (Axe, 2017). In addition to that, Frankincense oil targeting cancer cells while preserving healthy cells for the body. Due to its cancer-killing properties and influencing our genes to promote healing, Frankincense has been utilized by many people throughout the world without any side effects. In addition to helping fight cancer, frankincense also cares for the immune system in other ways by averting infections, promoting hormonal balance, and improving skin health. (Axe, 2017). Moreover, in traditional Chinese medicine, Boswellia Serrata extracts have been used as a natural remedy to improve blood circulation, speed up healing time, and relieve pain from a variety of bacterial and viral infections such as cold, flu, cough and sore throat.
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