Boswellia, also known as Indian incense, is an herbal extract extracted from the Boswellia serrata tree. Resin based on boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. It is believed to treat chronic inflammatory diseases as well as a number of other health problems.
Studies show that boswellia can reduce inflammation and may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.
The boswellic acids contained in boswellia are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some research shows that boswellic acids can prevent the formation of inflammation-causing substances in the body called leukotrienes.