Salai Guggul (Boswelia Serrata)

 
 
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Habitat:

Boswellia serrata is a plant that produces Indian frankincense. It is also known as Indian oli-banum, Salai guggul, and Sallaki in Sanskrit.The plant is native to much of India and the Punjab region that extends into Pakistan

Description:

Boswellia serrata  is   Medium sized decideduous tree, bark frequently papyraceous. Leaves are alternate, imparipinnate with opposite, sessile, ovate leaflets, crowded at ends of branches. Flowers are small, white, axillary racemes. Fruits are drupes, splited in three valves. Seeds are compressed, pendulous.

Medicinal Uses:

Boswellia serrata have been clinically studied for osteoarthritis and joint function, with the research showing trends of benefit (slight improvement) in pain and function, warranting further investigation. Positive effects of Boswellia in some chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have been reported. It has been used in Indian traditional medicine for diabetes