Last update Nov. 9, 2022

Boswellia

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The exudate (gum-resin) dried at room temperature obtained by incision in the stem or branches of shrubby plants of the Boswellia genus such as Boswellia serrata or Boswellia sacra is used. It contains triterpenic acids such as various types of boswellic acid. It has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory conditions and is marketed in preparations for arthritis, colitis and asthma. (Fitoterapia.net, Liver Tox 2020, Yu 2020, Majeed 2019, Siddiqui 2011) with a lack of conclusive evidence of its efficacy (Bannuru 2018). Oral Administration.

At the date of the last update, we found no published data on its excretion in breast milk.

At the recommended dose, side effects are rare and not serious (Fitoterapia.net, Liver Tox 2020, Majeed 2019, Posadzki 2013)

Given its lack of toxicity, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.

Precautions when taking plant preparations (Anderson 2017, Powers 2015, Posadzki 2013, Efferth 2011, Kopec 1999, Hsu 1995):

  • Make sure they are from a reliable source: poisonings have occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties (Hsu 1995), poisonings due to containing heavy metals extracted from the soil, and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi. (Anderson 2017)
  • Do not take in excess; follow the recommendations of expert phytotherapy professionals. “Natural” products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if consumed in quantity or for an exaggerated time because they contain phytoestrogens. (Powers 2015, Zava 1998)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Group

Boswellia belongs to this group or family:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Boswellia in its composition:

  • 5-Loxin
  • Aim Frame Essentials™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Dolreum™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Fladozum™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Full Motion™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Joint Support™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Joint-Pro™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • NatraFlex™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • PainEaze™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Seidurol pH™. Contains other elements than Boswellia in its composition
  • Vedica

References

  1. Fitoterapia.net. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. Fitoterapia.net. 1992 - - Disponible en: https://www.fitoterapia.net. Consulted on June 9, 2022 Abstract
  2. Yu G, Xiang W, Zhang T, Zeng L, Yang K, Li J. Effectiveness of Boswellia and Boswellia extract for osteoarthritis patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020 Jul 17;20(1):225. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  3. Majeed M, Majeed S, Narayanan NK, Nagabhushanam K. A pilot, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a novel Boswellia serrata extract in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee. Phytother Res. 2019 May;33(5):1457-1468. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  4. Bannuru RR, Osani MC, Al-Eid F, Wang C. Efficacy of curcumin and Boswellia for knee osteoarthritis: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2018 Dec;48(3):416-429. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  5. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  6. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Posadzki P, Watson LK, Ernst E. Adverse effects of herbal medicines: an overview of systematic reviews. Clin Med (Lond). 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  8. Posadzki P, Watson L, Ernst E. Contamination and adulteration of herbal medicinal products (HMPs): an overview of systematic reviews. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Abstract
  9. LiverTox. Boswellia Serrata. 2020 Nov 4. LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012-. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  10. Siddiqui MZ. Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: an overview. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May;73(3):255-61. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  11. Efferth T, Kaina B. Toxicities by herbal medicines with emphasis to traditional Chinese medicine. Curr Drug Metab. 2011 Abstract
  12. Kopec K. Herbal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999 Jun;15(2):157-61. Review. No abstract available. Abstract
  13. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract
  14. Hsu CK, Leo P, Shastry D, Meggs W, Weisman R, Hoffman RS. Anticholinergic poisoning associated with herbal tea. Arch Intern Med. 1995 Abstract

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