Boswellia Acid: what is it?

Boswellia Acid: what is it?

Boswellia, or Indian frankincense, is a resin herbal extract from the boswellia tree, which natural medicine practices have used for centuries. Its anti-inflammatory effects mean that it may help with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. Boswellic acid (BA), a series of pentacyclic triterpene molecules, is isolated from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata and Boswellia carteri.

The gummy resin derived from the bark of Boswellia is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It contains the compound boswellic acid.For generations, numerous natural compounds extracted from different plants and showing significant pharmacological properties, have used for treating various chronic diseases. To date, about 10,000 phytochemicals comprising of tannins, flavones, triterpenoids, steroids, saponins, and alkaloids have identified, and many more are yet to discover. It is believed that the antioxidant activity of phytochemicals increases their action synergistically, as numerous reports evidenced that overproduction of oxidants (reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species) causes many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, and cancers

Boswellic acid (BA) is one such phytochemical, obtained from the gum resin of the Boswellia species, that possibly aid in the treatment of different chronic diseases. Traditionally, the gum resins of Boswellia species found its applications in various adhesives, cosmetic preparations, coating materials, the incense used in cultural rites and rituals, and many more. It is one of the most essential and commonly used components in conventional Ayurvedic and Unani medicines, which have proven to be extremely effective in relieving numerous inflammatory, gastrointestinal, hormonal, and microbial diseases. The conventional drug is said to have the properties of an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, anxiolytic, antineurotic, analgesic, and tranquilizing drug. Various preclinical and clinical studies have established that it exhibits substantial potential in the management of inflammatory ailments such as asthma, arthritis, cerebral edema, chronic bowel diseases, chronic pain syndrome, cancer, etc.

Apart from the above mentioned diseases, a few reports on other diseases are also available where positive effects of BAs have been observed. In a study on guinea pigs with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, BAs were found to reduce the clinical symptoms of the disease. In an attempt to assess the antiulcer properties of BA, it was found to inhibit the ulcer formation in different experimental models. It was suggested that the protective action comes from enhanced gastric mucosal resistance, cytoprotective prostaglandins synthesis, and leukotriene synthesis inhibition.

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