I pulled up a search on alternatives to prednisone and this is what I came up with, It looks like clinical studies have been done in Germany and look promising. It is an herbal therapy I guess, I have found quite a few websites that talk about
it and none of them are cooky companies trying to sell some amazing cure for tons of money.
University of maryland medical center website lists it as a complementary treatment for crohns disease, http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/crohns-disease-000043.htm And many other sites popped up in my search of "boswellia". They say it works for inflammation and pain much like NSAIDS but with out the liver and stomach side effects.
My question is has anyone had experience with it? Good, Bad, No effect?? What about
the dosing? UMMC said "1,200 mg three times per day for up to 8 weeks", wholehealthmd said "300 mg (standardized to contain 60% boswellic acids) 3 times a day )". Bidmc.org said "A typical dose of boswellia is 300 to 400 mg 3 times a day of an extract standardized to contain 37.5% boswellic acids. Some studies have used dosages as high as 1,200 mg 3 times daily.)" Other sites said it had not been studied for more than 12 weeks. Many herbs you are supposed to take for a couple weeks then stop for a week or 2. Is this one of those? Would you take the theraputic dose for 8-12 weeks then the recomended dose on the bottle?
I found some at puritans pride (http://www.puritan.com/herbal-supplements-005/boswellia-standardized-extract-250-mg-013226?np=1&searchterm=boswellia&rdcnt=1) that is standardized to 65% Boswelliac acid (162.5mg) It says take one capsule 3-5 times a day and not to exceed recommended dose. I got lucky it was on sale buy2 get 3 free 5 bottles for $19.98, 500 capsules for $20. worth the trial in my opinion. I just looked it up again and now it is 5 bottles for $31.98. Swansons had many products but only one was standardized to 65% and it was $8.39 for 60 tabs. All of these appear to be marketed for joint health, and or arthritis type pain.
Help I am confused!!!!
I have been unable to find any bad information, harmful side effects, or drug interactions for this treatment. I expect my order to arrive next Wed, Any information on this would be very appreciated.
Dx CD Oct '06 remarried July '05 mom of 3 boys ages 12, 15, and my baby born Oct. 07.