It was one of the “gifts fit for a king” that the magi brought with them to present to the newborn Jesus.
FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia Serrata). Properties And Uses.
Natural Remedy For Joints Pain.
INFLAMMATIONS AND LOCALIZED TENSIONS: Why BOSWELLIA CAN HELP.
Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian frankincense, is a tree native to India and Arabia. It is commonly used in the traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, where it is prized as one of the most valued herbs in existence in the treatment of conditions like parasites, skin and blood diseases, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory infections, hair loss, hemorrhoids, asthma. and an effective remedy for arthritis.
The plant has terpene-rich sap and oils which have been used as a healing elixir for many centuries.
It was one of the gifts fit for a king that the magi brought with them to present to the newborn Christ
Before focusing attention on the plant boswellia ( Boswellia serrata ) and its properties and uses in herbal medicine, it is appropriate to make a small digression on what is an ‘ inflammation; this will help you better understand how the bowsellia works in our body.
Inflammation is a biological response that takes place in the body following trauma , burns , injuries , viral infections or bacterial when something harmful “attack” the body, it seeks to remove the agents responsible for the attack , beginning a repair process.
The inflammation, which can be in the form acute or chronic , is characterized by the presence of 5 phenomena
- increase in body temperature;
- reduction in functionality .
Inflammation and infection: what is the difference?
It is good to be careful not to mistake inflammation for infection . Here, in summary, what differentiates them.
Infection. Is a phenomenon caused by a proliferation of viruses , bacteria or whatever, that in some cases can, in turn, be a triggering cause of inflammation;
Inflammation. Is the body’s reaction that seeks to heal from the aggression. If it is acute, the duration will be limited in time with a cause readily identifiable; conversely, one can have a chronic inflammation will have an indefinite duration and the same causes can be manifold.
Usually, the inflammation occurs with pain, redness, immobility, swelling, warmth; in particular, the pain is caused by the pressure exerted by the swelling against sensitive nerve endings that send pain signals to the brain .
The Boswellia And Boswellic Acid For The Joints
THE BENEFITS, AND USES IN HERBAL MEDICINE
As mentioned above, The Boswellia is a tree found mostly in India, North Africa, and the Middle East, from which we extract a resin used for the preparation of natural supplements .
The essential oil , extracted from the resin exuded from the bark of this tree, is rich in many active principles, mainly consisting of triterpenic pentacyclic acids, among which the Beta Boswellic acid, which today It focuses the majority of studies.
The extract of boswellia is used in herbal medicine to:
- Counteract the state of tension caused by localized inflammation.
- Promote joint function .
- It is particularly used to promote the well-being of the joints . In fact, many of the painful conditions caused by inflammation are just due to joints .
Rheumatic illness and arthritis are experienced worldwide and in the western world, in particular, they are responsible in the first place for infirmity in older people
Herbal medicine and, in particular, the extracts of some plants such as boswellia, however, can come to the rescue of the joints and maintain health and proper functioning.
In addition to the elderly, boswellia is also used by young people in case of episodic joint problems such as those resulting from sudden movements or too intense sporting activities.
WHAT IS THE MECHANISM OF ACTION OF BOSWELLIA?
The main “responsible” of the beneficial actions of boswellia is the active ingredient of the plant: the boswellic acid .
Indeed, “this plant is proving a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent , devoid of the side effects of conventional drugs.
In a study in which patients received boswellic acid for an initial period, then moved on to a placebo substance, arthritic symptoms significantly decreased in correspondence with the natural treatment and then reappeared with greater intensity in the following period.
The boswellic acid reduces joint swelling , restores and improves blood flow in the inflamed joints , relieves pain. Precisely for this reason, the boswellia has been attributed the ability to counteract the localized states of tension.
This activity, based on recent studies, appears to be due mainly to the inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase by the boswellic acids that block the synthesis of leukotrienes, mediators of acute and chronic inflammation
A DIVERSE USE OF BOSWELLIA: FRAGRANT INCENSE
There are about 25 varieties of Boswellia whose resin oozing from their barks are distinguished by different aromatic notes; for this reason, they are used as incense .
Known in ancient Egypt, and also present in the Bible, the incense of boswellia have been used over the centuries in various religious cults.
The gum resin of serrata that grows along the coast of the Red Sea provides the most quality prized incense (incense of Arabia or Maidi) “(P. Chiereghin, Herbal Medicine for the pharmacist , Milan 2004).
BOSWELLIA: HOW TO BEST USE IT
There are now many of the studies that have highlighted the positive action performed on the joints from ‘ boswellic acid . So to fully exploit the properties of herbal medicine plant and derive maximum benefit, it is good to opt for natural concentrated supplements, with high titration in boswellic acids.
These supplements are, in fact, able to guarantee a daily intake of active ingredient doses adequate to achieve positive effects.
In fact, as indicated by some specific texts, “the recommended dose is 300 mg Boswellia serrata dry extract standardized to 65% boswellic acids ” (B. Brigo, G. Capano, I rheumatic pains , Milan 2006).
MORE USES OF BOSWELLIA
To clear out the body air passages, the lungs, as well as to deodorize a space.
Taken orally, it prevents tooth decay, bad breath, and oral infections.
Combined with baking soda is used as a homemade toothpaste.
Applied topically helps clear blemishes and scars caused by acne and eczema, and prevents wrinkles and under-eye circles and “bags.”
AS A THERAPEUTIC MEDICINE
For Cancer. To treat cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy, in fact, thanks to a compound known as AKBA frankincense oil has been shown to treat multiple forms of cancer, including ovarian, breast, and skin cancers. A compound known as AKBA is one component of frankincense oil in particular Studies have shown that AKBA effectively combats cancer cells and prevents them from spreading and metastasizing.
For Compromised immunity. Frankincense oil is a powerful immune system booster, helping to protect against harmful bacteria and viruses.
For Imbalanced or damaged hormones. Environmental estrogen’s that we take in every day from the environment are a powerful Endocrine disruptor but frankincense oil has been shown to help balance hormone levels and prevent the excess buildup of estrogen.
For Colds and influenza. Taken orally and/or breathed from a diffuser can help quell the inflammation that results in coughing, phlegm, and other common symptoms of respiratory illness.
For Gas, constipation, IBS, abdominal cramps, and other forms of gastrointestinal problems.
Just a few drops of food-grade frankincense oil with water can help address these problems, as well as help speed up the digestion of food for people with sluggish digestive tracts.
DOES BOSWELLIA HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Excluding rare cases of intolerance or hypersensitivity to the individual components, the boswellia extract is considered safe and no contraindications when taken in recommended doses.
Even the interaction with drugs like NSAIDs or corticosteroids does not have adverse effects worth mentioning,
it is, in fact, a positive interaction, of synergistic enhancement of the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs without, however, damage to the gastric mucosa.” (F. Firenzuoli, interactions between herbs, foods and medicines , Milan 2008).
For extreme caution, in case of doubt or in the presence of specific diseases, before taking supplements of boswellia it is always good to hear the opinion of the medical officer .
THE 5 RULES TO DEFEND YOUR JOINTS
Because “prevention is better than cure” and the well being of the joints is certainly no exception, here are 5 simple rules , also shared by many orthopedists, which can help preserve your joints.
1) WORK YOUR MUSCLES
A bit ‘of physical activity, appropriate to the age and the individual preparation , helps muscle tone: trained muscles and tonics help to protect joints , and limit the risk of trauma or problems due to wear.
2) RESPECT THE LIMITS DICTATED BY AGE
Every season of life has risks and specific problems related to joints, which should always be kept in mind. In the stage of growth , for example, you have to avoid excessive loads and weights, while women in menopause should instead prevent osteoporosis or cope until it is still in the initial stage. In general then, in later life, it is good to limit each type of heavy activity that may subject the joints to excessive stress.
3) CHECK FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS
It is good to submit as soon as possible to specific checks in the presence of “red flags” such as pain or discomfort localized that go on for a while ‘time, or in case of minor injuries. This will make it possible to prevent degenerative diseases and to address timely and effectively to any problems affecting the joints.
4) ELIMINATE ALL THE THE RISK FACTORS!
To keep joints in good health is good eliminated or limit some of the major risk factors such as the overweight . The extra pounds, especially when too many, are forcing joints to an “overwork” that with the passage of time can promote their attrition or inflammation.
It is especially important to pay attention to keep the right posture when you have to sit for hours. And to remember not to keep a rigid neck or arch the spine when you have to stand for a long time.
5) KEEP THE RIGHT POSTURE
Take the right posture is critical to prevent joint discomfort. It must be paid particular attention to maintaining the correct posture when you are sitting for working long hours . It is also good to remember to not stiffen your neck or arch your back too much when you are standing for a long time.
Until next time.