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BOSWELLIA SERRATA: AS FOLK MEDICINE. Inderjit Kaur, Harjot Singh, Priyanka Poonia, Sweety, Gagandeep Chaudhary

BOSWELLIA SERRATA: AS FOLK MEDICINE.

Inderjit Kaur, Harjot Singh, Priyanka Poonia, Sweety, Gagandeep Chaudhary


International Journal of Natural Product Science 2012: Spl Issue 1:145.

Abstract(RBIP-145)

Boswellia Serrata is a medium sized tree with ash coloured papery bark, have small white flowers, on injury, exudates an oleo-gum-resin known as Salai Guggal or Indian Frankincense. The gum-resin obtained from bark, roots & flowers of Boswellia serrata (family Burseraceae). Boswellia have some Common name likes shallaki, indian olibanum tree, olibanum, luban, gond etc. It is native to hottor parts of India, Burma & Eastern Himalayas, Assam,West Bangal. The oleo-gum-resin consists of essential oils, gum, β-phellandrene, α-terpineol, limonene, camphene, p-cymene and terpenoids. The terpenoid portion contains the boswellic acids (37.5–65%) as active constituents in boswellia. It is an ayurvedic herb that traditionally used in India in folk medicine as a remedy for several inflammatory diseases, boswellic acid and its derivatives have anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumor, and blood lipid lowering activities. The herb has been tried for a number of conditions, including painful conditions such as bursitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, ulcerative colitis. The gum, roots & flowers having stimulant, astringent, demulsant, anti-influenza, anti-menorrhagia, anti-malarial, tonic, aphrodisiac and hemorrhoids properties. The objective of this review is to summarize various recent findings on chemistry and biological profile of this plant.
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