boswellia safely and effectively treats acute diarrhoea

Acute diarrhoea is a common game stopper and can even, especially in the developing world, be a tragic life stopper. A safe, natural treatment that really works would be a game changer.

Acute diarrhoea is most commonly caused by gastrointestinal infection or food poisoning. The most common causes are viruses. In the US, 48 million people suffer from acute diarrhoea caused by food poisoning every year. 2.5 million people die from it every year worldwide.

Acute diarrhoea can bring with it any number of symptoms, including abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Boswellia is a very powerful anti-inflammatory herb that has been shown to be remarkable for osteoarthritis and back pain. But it has also shown to be effective for ulcerative colitis. In people with colitis, among other benefits, boswellia significantly improves diarrhoea, intestinal pain and cramping (Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2016;20(12):2695-2700). So, could it help people with acute diarrhoea?

Researchers set out to find out. In a double-blind study, they gave 49 people with acute diarrhoea either a placebo or boswellia for 5 days. The diarrhoea resolved significantly faster in the boswellia group. The diarrhoea took 4.44 days to resolve in the placebo group but only 3.08 days in the boswellia group.

People who took boswellia were 80.2% more likely to recover sooner. They had significantly fewer bowel movements during the study and significantly less abdominal pain and nausea. At the end of the 5 day study, 95.8% of the boswellia group were diarrhoea free versus 76% in the placebo group.

The global assessment of efficacy (GAE) was significantly greater in the boswellia group. Boswellia was effective or very effective in 87.5% of people versus 32% for the placebo.

This study adds an important new herbal treatment for acute diarrhoea that is safe and highly effective.


Nutrients. 2022 May; 14(9): 1858

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