Boswellia serrata is a species characteristic of dry deciduous forests and tropical forests of teak wood occurs in very dry or dry mixed deciduous forests. It is a moderate sized tree with deciduous leaves. Usually has a short bolus, 3-5 m in g, sometimes taller. Usually, reaches a circumference of 1.2-1.8 m and a height of 9-15 m. Bark is very thin, gray-green, gray or red in color, with a chlorophyll layer on inner side of outer layer detaching in thin plates. The leaves are alternate, exstipulate, imparipinate, 20-45 cm long, gathered at the ends of branches. Boswellia serrata bark produces a gum that has medicinal value.
Chemical composition – Resins of the the bark contains α and β-boswellia acids, monoterpenes (α-thujenă), diterpenes (incensol, serratol), triterpenes (α and β-amyrin) oil, boswellia (consisting of cadinene, camphene, olibanol, dipentene, pinene, felandren), etc.
Properties – Antiinflammatory, analgesic, reduces the sensation of painful musculoskeletal stiffness, reduces gastrointestinal inflammation, anti-asthmatic, anti-tumor, immunostimulant, lipid-lowering, hypocholesterolemic, sedative, emmenagogue.
Recommedation – Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, chronic degenerative tendomyositis, scapula-humerus, muscle pain, neuralgia, ulcerative colitis, asthma, brain tumors.
This plant is incorporated in natural remedy ARTRISALM.