boswellia benefits irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an uncomfortable and painful condition that causes abdominal pain. It is the most common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, affecting as many as 15% of all people. That’s a lot of people who could benefit from help that is both safe and effective. Well, help may come from a mystical herb that is as old as the Bible.

The frankincense that the wise men bring is the herb boswellia, valued for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. A recent study of 69 people with IBS gave half of them standard management of diet and drugs if needed and the other half 250mg a day of a standardized phytosome extract of boswellia.

After both 3 and 6 months, all symptoms, except “altered bowel movement,” were significantly better in the boswellia group. Bloating plus irregular peristalsis and distended bowel was significantly lower in the boswellia group. The people taking the boswellia needed significantly less rescue medication and fewer consultations or hospital admissions.

At the end of the 6 month study, ultrasounds showed bloating and peristalsis as well as dilated bowel loops in 58.2% of the control group but only 17.14% of the boswellia group. There was also significantly less free radical damage in the herb group.

The boswellia was as safe as it was effective: there were significantly fewer adverse events in the boswellia group than in the control group.

The study says that boswellia may work so well because of its anti-inflammatory properties and also because of its ability to normalize intestinal motility. The researchers say that boswellia may be a safe and effective way to manage the symptoms of IBS.

Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol 2019;65(1):30-35

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