boswellia soy combination improves symptoms of colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. People who suffer from colitis have diarrhoea with abdominal pain. They may also suffer fever, weight loss, blood loss, gas and nutritional deficiencies. Ulceration can also develop, leading to fistulas and lesions.

When people with colitis have their disease more or less under control, when they are in remission, they are often given the drug 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) to maintain their remission.

In this unblinded study, 35 people with ulcerative colitis who were in remission for at least a year were given either nothing or a supplement containing a standardized extract of the herb boswellia and soy. At the beginning of the study, all of their symptoms were minimal and they were not on any drugs. . . .



The boswellia/soy supplement improved every symptom the researchers tested at the end of the 4 week study. Intestinal pain and cramping improved significantly in the boswellia/soy group compared to the control group. The natural treatment also significantly improved diarrhoea, bowel movements with blood or mucous in them, while decreasing the number of bowel movements. The number of people with rectal involvement—typical in ulcerative colitis—remained the same in the control group but decreased significantly from 12 to 4 people in the boswellia/soy group. Anemia also improved significantly in the treatment group. Significantly more people in the herbal group had improvements in a marker of intestinal inflammation.

During the study, significantly more people in the control group needed to go on medication and needed to seek medical attention.

This study suggests that a boswellia supplement with soy can keep people with colitis in remission, further improve their symptoms and reduce the need to go back on drugs.

An earlier study showed that boswellia works as well or better than the drug sulfasalazine for people with colitis. And a second study also demonstrated the ability of boswellia to keep people whose colitis is in remission from relapsing (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2006;4:1502-6). So, this new study is at least the third to show the ability of boswellia to help people with colitis.


Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2016;20(12):2695-2700


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