Chapter 4: Most Modern Approach to the Phytochemistry and Therapeutic Potential of Boswellia in Ayurvedic Formulations
Published:09 Nov 2022
K. Varma A. C., S. Kuttappan, and A. Amalraj, in Chemistry, Biological Activities and Therapeutic Applications of Medicinal Plants in Ayurveda, ed. A. Amalraj, S. Kuttappan, and K. Varma, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2022, ch. 4, pp. 73-88.
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Ayurveda and most traditional systems of medicine have proved their efficacy in various clinical aspects and in treating various types of disorders. Shallaki, also referred to as Boswellia or Olibanum, is used in many Ayurvedic systems of medicine, mainly to treat various sorts of inflammatory disorders, especially in sandhi vata/arthritis. The Ayurvedic formulations concentrate on the use of polyherbal formulations in treating many disorders. The traditional knowledge of the ingredients has kept the pathway opened for most modern researchers and nutraceutical manufacturers to explore the phytochemical ingredients, which are responsible for the biological activities. Boswellic acids, especially keto boswellic acids, are responsible for the pharmacological activities of the gum resin extract. This chapter presents an overview of the various pharmacological activities of the Boswellia gum resin extract and the proposed mechanism of action of their phytochemical compounds with Ayurvedic-based information.