boswellia safely and effectively treats osteoarthritis

In biblical times, it was valued along with gold; in modern times, it is one of the most undervalued herbs. But this undervalued herb just may reverse your osteoarthritis.

In the bible, it is known as frankincense. In modern herbalism, it is known as boswellia. Boswellia is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that prevents decreases in cartilage production. Several early studies showed that boswellia improves osteoarthritis.

A new placebo-controlled, double-blind study, gave 333mg of standardized boswellia extract to people with osteoarthritis in their knees 3 times a day.

Each of the people in the study were scored on the WOMAC osteoarthritis scale and each also scored their own pain. On the WOMAC scale, scores in the boswellia group went down by 18.8% after a month and by 23.1% after two. They rated their pain as improved by 34%. They needed 65% fewer analgesics in the first month and 34% fewer in the second month.

The boswellia was both safe and effective.

Another study used a lower dose but lasted for longer. The dose in this study was only 169.33mg of extract twice a day, but the study lasted for 4 months. The boswellia not only improved WOMAC scores, walking test, pain and quality of life, remarkably, it actually began to reverse the osteoarthritis: X-rays showed an increase in the space between the knee joints and a decrease in spurs.

This is an important body of research building around boswellia as a valuable gift for people with osteoarthritis.


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