from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genus of incense-yielding trees of North Africa and India.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of balsamic plants, natural order Burseraceæ, the species of which are imperfectly known.
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- n. genus of trees of North Africa and India that yield incense
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The ancient herb boswellia (Boswellia serrata) has been used for thousands of years to treat conditions that, in recent years, have been found to be caused by inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory herbs such as Boswellia and Devil's Claw which have been used for thousands of years also look promising in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in a few preliminary studies.
Typical Boswellia extracts have 2-3% AKBA, but 5-LOXIN has no less than 30%, and reduced or nonexistent amounts of the other boswellic acids.
Rexall alleged that its reformulated Osteo Bi-Flex includes 5-LOXIN, a standardized extract of the herb Boswellia serrata, whose joint-care benefits have been documented in published, peer-reviewed research.
Perrigo further challenged the “10 Times More Concentrated” claim for the Boswellia ingredient, though a 30% AKBA extract has at least 10 times more AKBA than a typical Boswellia extract.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that Boswellia populations, trees from which frankincense is harvested, are declining at such a rapid rate that the production of the aromatic resin will be reduced by half in about 15 years.
Researchers say the rapid decline of Boswellia populations can be attributed to a number of things:
The studies suggest that Boswellia has anti-inflammatory effects; there are at least 6 boswellic acids, including AKBA, which the research suggests is the most active.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), native to Arabia and East Africa has been burned as an incense to help clear the mind and respiratory tract.
In the eastern block woody vegetation is dominated by Combretum and Terminalia species, as well as Anogeissus leiocarpus, Boswellia papyrifera, Lannea schimperi and Stereospermum kunthianum.