SHALLAKI : Kunthirikkam, Frankincense, Boswellia Serrata - Burseraceae
ØFortifies all the systems of the body
Extracts of Boswellia serrata have been clinically studied for osteoarthritis and joint function, particularly for osteoarthritis of the knee. Positive effects of Boswellia in some chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease have been reported.
ØRejuvenates the skin
ØUseful in managing excessive bleeding per vaginum
ØCorrects both digestion and assimilation so that the feces are of normal color as by seeing the color of feces it is easy to tell one's metabolic status
ØHelps a lot in management of hemorrhoids
Indian olibanum tree
Susrava- Means it has a resin exudate with a pleasant odor
Gajabhakshya- Means the elephants eat its leaves with great interest
Surabhi- Beacause of its pleasant odor resin exudate
Rasa (Taste)- Kashaya (Astringent);Tikta (Bitter); Madhura (Sweet)
Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough)
Veerya (Potency)- Ushna (Warm)
Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)
Effect on Tridoshas (Three bio humors)-
Kapha-Pittashamaka (Pacifies Kapha and Vata)
The gum oleoresin consists of essential oils, gum, and terpenoids.
The terpenoid portion contains the boswellic acids that have been shown to be the active constituents in Boswellia.
Actions according to Ayurveda:
Purishavirajaniya- Shallaki imparts/ maintains the normal coloration of the feces i.e. it corrects both digestion and assimilation so that the feces are of normal color as by seeing the color of feces it is easy to tell one's metabolic status
Atisarjit- Shallaki is useful in management of diarrhea
Shirovirechana- Shallaki is useful in therapeutic cleansing of the body parts above the clavicle level
Raktapitta hara- Shallaki is useful in management of bleeding tendencies
Vranahara- Shallaki is a good healer for ulcers
Pushtikrit- Shallaki fortifies all the systems of the body
Twachya- Shallaki rejuvenates the skin
Grahi- Shallaki improves assimilation so that the person passes the stool with normal consistency
Arshonashini- Shallaki helps a lot in management of hemorrhoids
Pradara shantikrit- Shallaki is very useful in managing excessive bleeding per vaginum
Recent reports show that Boswelia serrata can be useful in joint pain and back pain and can even help in cases where steroids are needed by offsetting some of the symptoms of the problems and therefore helping the patient to use a lower steroid dose.
Research has identified specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients in Shallaki, which are commonly referred to as boswellic acids. In animal studies, these acids have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation in several ways. They deter inflammatory white cells from infiltrating damaged tissue. They improve blood flow to the joints. And they also block chemical reactions that set the stage for inflammation to occur in chronic intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
When tested on Ehrlich ascites carcinoma and S-180 tumours transplanted in mice, it increased the life span of mice by 24% with ascites and decreased S-180 tumour by 24%. The essential oil of Boswellia searrata was found to he anti-fungal. Anti-inflammatory activity and anti-bacterial activity of extracts have been demonstrated.
The non-phenolic fraction of gum resin exhibited sedative and analgesic effects when tested in rats.
Shallaki is used in rheumatic disorders. It is also used to improve appetite and in general weakness. It has an anti-diarrhoeal action.
Exudate resin; bark
1 capsule morning, lunch, dinner, after food, to be taken with a big glass of warm water
Resin- 2-3 gm; Decoction of the bark- 50-100 ml
100% extract from bark gum of Boswellia Serrata tree.