Boswellia serrata extract is derived from the sap of the Boswellia serrata tree and is used medicinally, according to WebMD. It is also commonly called Indian frankincense extract and is used in both traditional Indian medicine and modern alternative medicine.
Boswellia serrata extract is used to treat inflammation, particularly in the joints, bursae and tendons, explains WebMD. Research shows it possibly helps treat osteoarthritis and ulcerative colitis.
Research also shows that the anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia serrata potentially helps treat chronic illnesses such as asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis, according to HowStuffWorks. More research is needed to truly determine boswellia’s effectiveness, but so far it shows potential usefulness.