I’m always feeling achy from my workouts. I’m not one to take Advil so I often resort to natural therapies. For several years, I have been using Boswellia also known as Indian frankincense. It is all natural and comes from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. and has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. It’s supposed to relieve osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Asthma, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and other ailments. Some studies have suggested it is useful in treating certain cancers. I’ve also read it could help with muscle pain.
Before I begin, nothing alleviates muscle soreness like rest and proper nutrition. If it hurts don’t use it. Seems like easy-to-follow logic, but for someone like me, missing a day of working out is like forgetting to brush my teeth. It just makes me feel gross. In my quest to avoid Advil, I decided I had nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain. After a month of using Boswellia (I take the capsule form. It is also available in a cream but I have no experience with it in this form), the pain from my muscle soreness was dulled. It worked just like Advil!
If you want to try it for muscle pain or other kinds of inflammation in your body, but are on other medications, pregnant or breastfeeding, I suggest you consult your physician. Better safe than sorry. Once you are cleared to use it, look for standardized extracts that contain at least 37.5% boswellic acids, sometimes listed as boswellin.
How much of it should you take? Assuming it’s standardized to contain 37.5 to 65 percent boswellic acids, just follow the directions on the package or ask your health care practitioner.
As with all natural anti-inflammatory herbs, choose the one that works best for you. Once you’ve found it. Be patient. They don’t work as fast as an OTC anti-inflammatory especially if you’re taking it for OA. Give it a couple of months. I think you might find that you can put away the Advil for good.