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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Indian frankincense

Generic Name: Boswellia

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals; Musculoskeletal, Herbals

What Is Boswellia and How Does It Work?

Boswellia suggested uses include for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, as a diuretic, and for painful menstruation.

Clinical trials have shown beneficial evidence for boswellia for all of the above uses but of varying consistency and reliability.

Boswellia is available under the following different brand names: Indian frankincense.

Dosages of Boswellia:

  • Suggested Dosing: Follow manufacturer's instructions

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

General Dosing Guidelines

  • 300-500 mg orally two to three times daily


  • Extract: 333 mg three times daily orally

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Extract: 3600 mg/day

Ulcerative Colitis

  • Gum Resin preparation: 350 mg three times daily orally

Bronchial Asthma

  • 300 mg three times daily orally
  • Generally 300-500 mg orally two to three times daily, higher in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/6/2017


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