Boswellia serrata

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Boswellia serrata
Boswellia serrata (Salai) in Kinnarsani WS, AP W2 IMG 5840.jpg
in Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Telangana, India.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Burseraceae
Genus: Boswellia
B. serrata
Binomial name
Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata is a plant that produces Indian frankincense. The plant is native to much of India and the Punjab region that extends into Pakistan.[1]


Boswellia serrata is currently at risk of being eradicated because of non-sustainable practices.[2]


Boswellia serrata contains various derivatives of boswellic acid including β-boswellic acid, acetyl-β-boswellic acid, 11-keto-β-boswellic acid and acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid.[3]

Extracts of Boswellia serrata have been clinically studied for osteoarthritis and joint function, with the research showing trends of benefit (slight improvement) in pain and function.[4]



  1. ^ "Boswellia serrata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ Bongers, Frans; Groenendijk, Peter; Bekele, Tesfaye; et al. (2019). "Frankincense in peril". Nature Sustainability. 2 (7): 602–610. doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0322-2. ISSN 2398-9629. S2CID 197402586.
  3. ^ Dragos, Dorin; Gilca, Marilena; Gaman, Laura; et al. (2017-01-16). "Phytomedicine in Joint Disorders". Nutrients. 9 (1): 70. doi:10.3390/nu9010070. ISSN 2072-6643. PMC 5295114. PMID 28275210.
  4. ^ Cameron, M; Chrubasik, S (22 May 2014). "Oral herbal therapies for treating osteoarthritis". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 (5): CD002947. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002947.pub2. ISSN 1469-493X. PMC 4494689. PMID 24848732.