Boswellia serrata is a moderate sized deciduous tree, up to 18 m in height and is commonly known as ‘Indian olibanum’ or ‘Indian frankincense.’ The tree yields a yellowish-green gum-oleoresin that has an agreeable scent when burnt. The gum is used in medicines, perfumery and for incensing and freshening the air. It is commonly found in tropical parts of Asia and Africa and dry hilly forests in Central and Peninsular India.
Boswellia serrata gum is used traditionally for the treatment of arthritis. It significantly reduces pain and swelling of inflamed joints and is used as a medicine against rheumatism. Extracts of Boswellia serrate have been clinically proven to be effective in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and joint function.
Boswellic acid, oleo-gum-resins
Ayurveda Insight on Shallaki
Shallaki has madhura, katu, tikta rasa, madhura vipaka, ushna virya and guru, snigdha properties. It is balya, rakta stambhahar and svedahara in action. It alleviates Kapha, Vata and Kapha-Pitta doshas. It is useful in Jvara, Pradara, Shvasa, Pittabhishyanda, Sarkarameha and Vrushana shula.