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Shadam
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone every heard of Boswellia?  I was in CVS reading a book about natural treatments for various diseases and obvioulsy went to the IBD section.  The first thing they noted was Boswellia which apparently is a natural anti inflamatory supplement.  A lot of the information that I have read stated that Boswellia was used for Chrons and UC. 
 
Has anyone ever used this and had positive results?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 1 capsule a day


PSA
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes I have used it and it was quite helpful. I have posted a lot of information on this forum under the head Sallaki/Bosewalia. Please go through the same. It would help. INfact, I have also posted the details of the study carried out by German doctors in Indian on Sallaki. Please go through the same. Incase you have any further queries please feel free to get back.

Infact my brother, who is also a UC patient is still using Bosewalia. No harm in giving it a try. You can also try fresh home grown/ground turmeric. YOu will find posting on this forum.

Cheers

 


45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery


teacupsunderfire
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   Posted 3/3/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Boswellia is a genus of trees known for their fragrant resin which has many pharmacological uses particularly as anti-inflammatories. The Biblical incense frankincense was probably an extract from the resin of the tree, Boswellia sacra.

There are four main species of Boswellia which produce true frankincense and each type of resin is available in various grades. The grades depend on the time of harvesting, and the resin is hand sorted for quality. Anyone interested in frankincense would be well advised to first obtain a small sample of each type from a reputable dealer in order to ascertain the difference between each resin.

Medicinal uses:
Boswellia has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently, the boswellic acids that are a component of the resin it produces have shown some promise as a treatment for asthma and various inflammatory conditions (Gupta I, Gupta V, Parihar A, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial asthma: results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study. European Journal of Herbal Medicine 1998; 3:511-14.) In West Africa, the bark of Boswellia dalzielii is used to treat fever, rheumatism and gastrointestinal problems. Boswellia incense may even relieve depression.
Lialda (4 pills/day), Canasa (as needed), 6MP, probiotics, multivitamin


Zippy123
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   Posted 3/5/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
It's worth a try, I think it takes at least 4 to 6 weeks for Boswellia to have an effect, but I'm no expert. I am giving it a try myself, only been about 2 weeks for me. Some reason the 2nd day I started taking it, my BM's went from 4 or 5, down to about 3 on average, maybe just coincidence. Unfortunately it hasn't helped my bleeding yet up higher in my colon. I hardly been taking any meds lately, they seem to make me feel worse confused Asacol or Colazal, but Boswellia doesn't seem to bother me.
I been using the NSI brand from Vitacoast.

Shadam
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Zippy,
 
When you are taking your meds, do you take the Boswellia with them or at a diffrent time?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 2 capsules a day


Zippy123
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Shadam said...
Zippy,


When you are taking your meds, do you take the Boswellia with them or at a diffrent time?


I usually try to take the Boswellia and any supplements at least an hour or two before or after in between the meds, but it may not matter when you take them, I am just paranoid about all that stuff in your tummy at once.
Here is a short article I found on dosage for Boswellia it seems you need to take quite a bit more than the daily amount to treat UC, I am still experimenting myself with about double the dosage.
http://vitamins.ultimatefatburner.com/boswellia-extract.html

Zippy123
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   Posted 3/7/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is one more link on a dosage done by a study in 2001.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11488449
They gave people 900mg daily divided into 3 doses, this is regular Boswellia extract, not the more concentrated 5-Loxin NSI also sells. According to this medical article more people went into remission after 6 weeks than did using sulfasalazine. So who knows.

Shadam
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
That all seems interesting...thanks for the info.
 
Zippy, where do you buy your Boswellia pills and how many capsules is equivilent to 900mg?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 2 capsules a day


Zippy123
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Shadam said...
That all seems interesting...thanks for the info.


Zippy, where do you buy your Boswellia pills and how many capsules is equivilent to 900mg?


I order from Vitacoast.com, If you get the regular NSI brand Boswellia each pill is about 300mg about 65% acids, so 3 per day is what I am going to do. They also have a new version of Boswellia called 5-Loxin which is what I started taking origionally. It seems to be a more concentrated form at two small caplets is only 150mg. Which one is better I don't know, I am going to alternate between the two types. I was taking 4 caps of 5-Loxin two times a day. Just try out what you think is best, I think you would have to take a lot to overdose on it, if it is even possible. I figure if it works or helps some, its worth a try anyways.

http://www.vitacost.com/

Zippy123
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Check that I was taking 2 caps of 5-Loxin two times a day, not 4 caps at once.

dragoon5
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
does this boswellia stuff have any drug interactions? I am on a bunch of other garbage as well including asocol (4/3 times daily), Predisone (25 mg/day) Coritizone (don't ask about the dosing!) Immuran (25 mg/day) Omeprozol (30 mg/day) Promethazine and Zophran and have had unpleasant surprises before

Zippy123
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   Posted 3/7/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
dragoon5 said...
does this boswellia stuff have any drug interactions? I am on a bunch of other garbage as well including asocol (4/3 times daily), Predisone (25 mg/day) Coritizone (don't ask about the dosing!) Immuran (25 mg/day) Omeprozol (30 mg/day) Promethazine and Zophran and have had unpleasant surprises before


There is no known drug interactions from what I found, but that doesn't mean there isn't any. I been taking short dose Pred 3 days worth, the last few days to stop that bleeding I was having, which got worse after doing enema's for a sigmoidscope, and I haven't noticed any issues with Boswellia and Pred at the same time.
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