Boswellia serrata, a desert native of the Middle East and northern Africa, exudes the resinous sap used to make frankincense. The dried sap contains boswellic acids, a group of phytochemicals that appear to have anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and diuretic properties, according to James Duke, author of “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook.” They may also interact with medications, supplements or herbs that you take, or mask symptoms of an underlying disorder. Always consult your doctor before taking boswellia serrata to treat any condition.
Boswellia serrata extract contains natural chemicals that may change the way that other drugs and supplements affect your body. In some cases, it may increase or decrease the absorption of medications. It may also combine with other medications to increase beneficial effects or side effects, including toxicity. If you take boswellia serrata with medications for asthma, anticoagulants, sedatives, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — NSAIDs — or drugs to lower your cholesterol, your doctor should monitor your condition carefully and make adjustments to your prescription dosages if needed.