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Frankincense, Indian

Medically reviewed by Last updated on June 7, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • Boswellia sacra
  • Boswellia serrata
  • Arbre à Encens
  • Arbre à Oliban Indien
  • Boswella
  • Boswellia
  • Boswellie
  • Boswellin
  • Boswellin Serrata Resin
  • Dhup
  • Encens Indien
  • Frankincense, Indian
  • Franquincienso
  • Gajabhakshya
  • Indian Frankincense
  • Indian Frankincense Tree
  • Indian Olibanum
  • Oliban Indien
  • Resina Boswelliae
  • Ru Xiang
  • Salai Guggal
  • Sallaki Guggul
  • Shallaki

What is this product used for?

Indian frankincense is taken by some people to lower swelling and inflammation. Others who have arthritis may use this product. Some people may take Indian frankincense to help with bowel problems or asthma.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), or rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn

  • Skin rash (if applied to skin)

  • Headache

  • Swelling

  • General weakness

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

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