Boswellic Acids (Boswellia serrata) and Frankincense Essential Oil COVID Treatment

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What is Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata is the scientific name for Frankincense, a tree native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It is also sometimes called olibanum. The gum resin from the bark of this tree has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a treatment for a diverse range of illnesses and diseases. 2

Uses of Boswellia serrata and Boswellic Acids

Boswellia has the following beneficial effects in the body: 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Immunomodulatory
  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Neuroprotective
  • Cardioprotective
  • Repairs peripheral nerves
  • Protects the intestines from inflammatory damage 1

There are many different uses of the Boswellia plant and its components, and certain preparations are used in specific situations to cause healing. Some illnesses or diseases respond more quickly to treatment with boswellic acids (or even to a specific type of boswellic acid, such as AKBA, which is said to be particularly potent), while others are most responsive to extracts of the whole plant or treatments using frankincense essential oil. Below is a list of some of the various applications of Boswellia

 

    • Chikungunya virus
    • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Arthritis
    • Inflammatory bowel (IB)
    • Oxidative stress
    • Cough
    • Chronic inflammatory diseases of the lungs
    • Pulmonary lesions
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Chronic bronchitis
    • Emphysema
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Psoriasis
    • Vesicular stomatitis virus
    • Cancer
    • Vector particles
    • HIV
    • Hepatitis C
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Influenza viruses
    • Candida fungal infections
    • Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus mutans
    • Inhibits bad bacterial growth in the mouth 1, 2
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Boswellia is also a particularly valuable treatment for patients who are highly susceptible to developing a secondary infection, such as those people who are recovering from COVID-19. Because of its powerful virus fighting abilities, but also because of its relatively gentle nature and ability to be used over the long term, frankincense may also be a good choice as a preventative treatment for COVID-19 and other viral infections. 1 

Treatment of COVID-19 with Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata’s antiviral action occurs at several different levels. Like with other particularly effective antiviral plants in this section, frankincense not only treats the viral infection itself, but it also eases the cytokine storm when administered at the correct dosage. In addition, frankincense also offers specific lung healing and protective abilities that benefit COVID-19 patients in particular. 1

 

Frankincense and boswellic acids can help inhibit the production of various problematic pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-6, TNF-a, IFN-gamma, and others. Other components present in Boswellia, such as quercetin, also have anti-inflammatory functions. These cytokines are especially damaging to the tissues in the body when they are produced in excessive quantities, so medicines like frankincense that are able to call the cytokine storm are extremely important. The vast majority of COVID-19 related deaths were due to the cytokine storm, not necessarily the infection itself, but balance is necessary for some people (such as the elderly) who may experience a viral infection at the same time as a cytokine storm. 1

 

One notable therapeutic use of Boswellia serrata is its ability to heal and prevent pulmonary lesions. These lesions can be painful and can pave the way to later infection or lung-related problems, besides causing chronic coughing, fatigue, hoarseness, wheezing, and other symptoms. Many COVID-19 patients experience these symptoms for a period of time even after recovering from the viral infection itself.

 

Frankincense can help inhibit viral replication and adherence to host cells for up to 4 hours after administration. The plant extracts can inhibit viruses, including the COVID-19 virus, from being able to gain access to cells, thus preventing viral replication. In the treatment of the herpes virus, one study noted that the effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin was more effective than treatment with only isolated components (such as boswellic acids). 1

 

Dosage Information for Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata (and its extracts) comes in a few different forms. There are essential oils, creams, capsulized forms of boswellic acids, and actual gum resin available for chewing. The medicinal compounds in this plant medicine aren’t particularly bioavailable when taken orally as a capsule, however researchers have found that combining this medicine with licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) or Piper longum (long pepper) can help increase its bioavailability and potency in the body. If the extract or capsule you purchase isn’t already mixed with these herbs, consider getting a tea, capsule, or extract of these herbs to take at the same time as you take the frankincense. 1

 

In the extract form, a dose of 100mg – 200mg per day of Boswellia may be taken as a preventative measure against illness or during the beginning stages of a COVID-19 infection when symptoms are still relatively mild. Larger doses of Boswellia extract or boswellic acids may be used to treat the symptoms of a cytokine storm. In the smaller dose, the Boswellia will support the body’s production of immune proteins and cells. In contrast, at a higher dose the extract helps reduce production of inflammatory immune proteins. 1 

 

For the treatment of asthma, treatment of 300mg of Boswellia serrata extract given 3 times daily was administered over the course of 6 weeks. The extract supports the respiratory system and reduces the need for corticosteroid use or inhalation therapy, both treatments currently used in hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19. 1 

 

Chewing the gum resin may also be an effective way to administer Boswellia. Researchers have found that the components of the frankincense, such as boswellic acids, may be more readily absorbed into the body through the buccal mucosa. This treatment administration can also help improve overall oral health.

 

Other dosage recommendations include: 

 

  • 300mg – 500mg per day by mouth, between 2-3 times per day (general adult dosage) 3
  • 300mg – 400mg daily of a products that contains at least 60% boswellic acids (for the treatment of arthritis) 3 
  • 500mg (or more) 3 times per day for the treatment of IBD 3
  • 100mg – 1000mg of Boswellia extract taken daily for osteoarthritis, of 300mg – 600mg daily if taking other supplementary treatment herbs 2
  • 350mg taken three times daily over the course of 6 weeks for the treatment of ulcerative colitis 2

 

Side Effects of Boswellic Acids

Boswellia serrata has an outstanding safety profile and may be taken even in higher quantities over the long term with little to no negative effects in the body (unlike some other herbs or medicines, which must be pulsed).1  However, some people may experience some side effects with higher doses of frankincense. Some of the possible side effects of this medicine include: 

 

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Skin rash/allergic reactions
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Acid reflux  2, 3

Contraindications

Women who are pregnant may be able to use frankincense essential oil safely when it is applied to the skin and diluted with another carrier oil. However, using high doses of frankincense essential oil, or any internal use of Boswellia or boswellic acids should be avoided. This plant has stimulant effects on the uterus and therefore may induce miscarriage for some pregnant women. It can stimulate menstrual flow. 3

 

Caution should also be taken when using Boswellia with NSAID medications like ibuprofen and aspirin because boswellic acids may interact with these medications. People currently on blood thinning medications (like warfarin) should also avoid use of Boswellia because this plant medicine can produce additional blood thinning effects.  2, 3

 

People who already experience GERD should avoid using particularly high doses of frankincense (if any at all) since this plant medicine can aggravate the symptoms of GERD. Do not take Boswellia if you may be going into surgery within the next two weeks (again, this plant medicine thins the blood, so it should not be taken around the same time as a surgical procedure). 2

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Resources: 

 

[1] Gomaa, Adel A.; Mohamed, Hamdy S.; Abd-ellatief, Rasha, Bakheet; Gomaa, Mohamed A. (2021). Retrieved October 21, 2021 from:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10787-021-00841-8 

 

[2] Wong, Cathy (2021). What is Boswellia? Can This Herb Ease Inflammation and Pain? Retrieved October 28. 2021 from: https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-health-benefits-of-boswellia-89549 

[3] Moncivaiz, Aaron (2018). Boswellia (Indian Frankincense). Retrieved October 28, 2021 from: https://www.healthline.com/health/boswellia