Alternately called “Indian frankincense,” boswellia extract is derived from the resin of the Boswellia Serrata tree, which is native to India. Practitioners of Indian ayurvedic medicine use boswellia extract to treat asthma, coughs, arthritis, colitis and other medical problems.
A substance called boswellic acid is what gives boswellia extract its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Boswellia extract is available in tablets and capsules. A typical dose of boswellia extract is 300 to 400 milligrams, three times a day.
Studies suggest that 400 to 900 milligrams of boswellia extract, taken three times daily for six weeks, may improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis. 300 milligrams of boswellia extract, taken three times daily for six weeks, may improve asthmatic conditions. Boswellia extract shows promise as a treatment for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because boswellia extract may be an abortificient, it should not be used by pregnant women.