Learn how to use these herbs from Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
5 of 10 | Boswellia
A close relative of frankincense, this tree's transparent gold resin has been traditionally used as an astringent and anti-inflammatory. Studies in India and Germany found boswellia has a positive effect on pain and stiffness resulting from rheumatoid arthritis, leading to speculation the plant could aid sufferers of other chronic inflammatory diseases like ulcerative colitis and psoriasis. The herb significantly reduces pain and swelling. Boswellia shows antioxidant activity, raising the possibility it may be of value against heart disease and cancer. Additionally, it makes an effective mouthwash and gargle to help soothe sore throat, laryngitis, canker sores, and gum disease. There are no known side effects.