Medicinal Herbs and ADHD


Scientific Name: Boswellia serrata


  • Oleo-Resin (α- and β boswellic acids: tetra and Pentacyclic triterpene acids)
  • Volatile oil (pinene, dipentene & phellandrene)
  • Mucilage & Polysaccharides

Medicinal actions:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Hepatoprotective

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Resin (Boswellic acids) have been shown to be specific non-redox and non-competitive inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase, the key enzyme of leukotriene biosynthesis. In a dose-dependent manner these acids block the synthesis of pro-inflammatory 5-lipoxygenase products, including leukotriene B4 (LTB4), which cause bronchoconstriction, chemotaxis, and increased vascular permeability. Also shown effects on the immune system such as decreased cytokines (interleukins and TNF-α) levels and diminished complement system and leukocyte elastase activities, reduction of ROS formation and P-selectin-mediated recruitment of inflammatory cells.


  • Tincture
  • Capsules
  • Tablets

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • High resin content may cause stomach upset.


  • May theoretically interfere with the absorption of drugs.
  • Boswellic acids may be best absorbed in the presence of bile acids. Consider dosing along with food.

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