Boswellia serrata

A herbal substance from natural origin to support overstrained joints regain more flexibility


Olibanum is the natural resin of the frankincense tree (Boswellia serrata), which is native to North Africa, India and the Middle East. The value-determining components of the resin are the boswellic acids (chemical compound: triterpenes) with a quantity proportion of 5 - 10 %. After notching the trunk, the resin emerges, hardens in the air and becomes a yellow-reddish, relatively solid mass (gum resin). The boswellic acids it contains have an inflammation-modulating action.


Extracts of the resin are already used in many ways in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). They are thought to have an inflammation-modulating activity, which has also been confirmed in animal studies. The main component responsible for the inflammation-modulating effects in Boswelic acids is acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), which specifically inhibits the key enzyme in leukotriene synthesis - 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). Leukotrienes play a central role as mediators of chemotaxis (migration) of inflammatory cells. Thus, they control the extent of the inflammation and that of allergic reactions.

Possible uses

Boswellia serrata has been investigated succesfully in humans and in dogs to positively influence the process of joint discomfort caused by an increased release of Leukotrienes. Thus, Boswellia serrata can support to relax stressed joint cartilage and help them get recovered.