Anti-inflammatory herb offers relief from arthritis

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boswellia(NaturalHealth365) This is great news for all those suffering with arthritis.

Boswellia extract is derived from trees that grow in dry, mountainous areas of the Middle East, Northern Africa and India. This branching tree is well-known in the folk medicine traditions of these areas for profound healing and anti-inflammatory qualities. While there are 25 species of Boswellia, one called Boswellia serrata has the most effective medicinal effects.

The anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia extract have drawn interest from medical professionals looking to treat inflammatory conditions. Medical issues like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bursitis are just some of the inflammatory diseases that can benefit from Boswellia extract.

Boswellia extract can help ease numerous arthritis symptoms

Arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system of the body and is characterized by swollen, painful joints, stiffness, and knots in the affected area. It can be more difficult to move and engage in normal daily activities when arthritis is flaring up. The onset and progression of the disease can be affected by genetics, family history, weight issues, past injuries, infection and allergies.

Of course, certain lifestyle changes can have a positive effect against arthritis, including regular exercise, losing weight if needed, eating a healthier diet, and in some cases, taking medication for pain and inflammation. However, the natural compound Boswellia has shown great promise in combating inflammation and the effects of arthritis.

Boswellia extract also helps conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and inflammation of the colon due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Boswellia also contains compounds that help to release blocks in the arteries, regulate blood lipids, protect the liver, and ease pain.

A cascade of positive body chemicals and reactions

Boswellia’s most potent medicinal properties are in the tree resin. The acids and compounds it contains promote positive body chemistry and reactions including the production of free radicals. This aids in creating the anti-inflammatory response in the body, which leads to a cascade of healing effects.

Some of the best health benefits include: a reduction of pain, swelling and other symptoms associated with the various forms of arthritis.

A 2003 study tested Boswellia serrata extract in persons with osteoarthritis of the knee. One group received the extract, while another received a placebo for eight weeks; then the two groups reversed. (keep reading for the results)

A safe, natural way to improve quality of life

Those taking the Boswellia extract reported a significant reduction in pain and swelling while flexibility and comfort increased. Those taking the extract were also able to walk longer distances. Other studies of persons with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis showed that they received health benefits from Boswellia extract as well.

Clearly, there are analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Boswellia extract.  While there is no established ideal dosage, some reports indicate between 150 mg and up to 400 mg per day can be ideal depending upon current health status.

Keep in mind, if you’re taking other medications – you should consult a medical doctor about possible drug interactions before taking Boswellia extract for arthritis.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12622457

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24848732

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2007/3/report_boswellia/Page-02

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  • Amy Tyler

    Arthritis treatment adds up to 115 billion dollars and 40 million plus Americans suffer from this condition. Ninety-nine percent of the money is spent on drugs and surgery. I do know both are very poor options.

    The reason I research this condition is that both my mother and aunt have this. They both have joint damage. They went from what was an active life to one of pain and immobility. They both are on medication and have not had remarkable results.

    I would have to say the medical approach doesn’t work. In fact the side effects are awful. At the same time they hardly reduced the pain and when they stop the pills the pain comes back with a vengeance. With prescriptions, you can count on joint deterioration and no increase in mobility over time.

    I am convincing them to embark on a natural protocol, one that includes lots of juicing and blended raw vegetables and fruits. This approach will include Boswellia extract.

  • Jason Winters

    Obesity has fueled the arthritis epidemic. This would mean that continue drug use is just a cover up and not a solution. I see my friends take NSAIDS, which are super-aspirin over the counter pain killers. This lines them up for the risk of a heart attack, stroke as well as bleeding problems.

  • Audrey Davis

    Thank you for giving me another choice. I will try this as I am in chronic pain from this condition. I have used over-the-counter pain relievers for too long. I have osteoporosis with arthritis, these seem to go together.

  • Toby Hanrison

    I know there is a cure for this condition. Not only have I seen it done, but I HAVE DONE IT. Just going on an almost completely raw diet of organic diet fruits and vegetables. while cutting out all processed foods did the job.