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« Thread started on: Mar 5th, 2004, 2:36pm »

I copied this from somewhere else.........it is interesting.

FM Online Newsletter

A publication of National Fibromyalgia Association

Vol. 4, No. 2 February 25, 2004

Dear Fibromyalgia ONLINE ,

I found this worth passing on...

I have been a fibro sufferer for numerous years, experiencing extreme pain and stiffness in the mornings and a lot more. A friend that was aware of my condition saw a statement in a Portland , Oregon paper on health conditions recommending boswella for FM. The results after only a few days were evident. I now take boswella when I feel stiffness coming on during the day and I take one at night.

Sincerely,

Ms. Terry J Simpson

Dear Terry:

Thank you for writing to the National Fibromyalgia Association and sharing your experience. We are always interested in learning about strategies that other people with FM have found to be helpful. I don't know if you are aware of this but the other name for this herb is Frankincense (you know, like the gifts the three wise men brought to the Baby Jesus). I copied this off a site called www.remedyfind.com

Boswella (Boswellia serrata)
Boswella is composed of boswellic acids, which are made from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree which grows in India . Boswella appears to be able to inhibit inflammation by blocking the synthesis of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes cause inflammation by promoting free radical damage, calcium dislocation, autoimmune responses, cell adhesion and the migration of inflammation-producing cells to the inflamed body area. As a supplement, Boswella is available in cream and capsule form.

Best wishes,

Sharon Squires, RN

NFA Director of Patient Services

Copyright 2004 National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) All rights reserved. No portion of fmaware.org may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form.

Now I am going to post what I found out about this Herb!
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 5th, 2004, 2:38pm »

There is a lot of information about this..........
This is just one of many I found.
The First Herbal Remedy
For the Treatment of :
Osteoarthritis,

Low Back Pain,

Rheumatoid Arthritis,

Soft Tissue Rheumatism.

ADVANTAGES
Prompt relief of symptoms

No morning stiffness

Rapid decrease in swelling

Increased mobility

No side effects

Inexpensive (when compared to other arthritis medications)


Boswella is the gum resin fraction extracted from the stem bark of Boswellia serrata, a plant native to India.

Numerous studies have confirmed that Boswella is an effective therapy for arthritis*. Several tests have firmly established that Boswella is effective in reducing acute and chronic inflammation including edema and arthritis. Unlike many anti-inflammatory drugs Boswella does not produce any adverse effects on blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, or stomach distress. In therapeutic doses, it is completely non-toxic.

Boswella is truly the first effective herbal adjunctive therapy for arthritic conditions. It is not usually possible to eradicate the prime cause, so remedies such as Boswella may be used to prevent further tissue injury, improve blood supply, and increase mobility of affected joints.


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In the absence of a cure,
the aim of Boswella is to:
Relieve symptoms of joint stiffness and swelling
Suppress active disease
Halt progression
Preserve joint function

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 5th, 2004, 5:36pm »

I use boswellia.

I have severe ME/CFS and as a result of the research by De Meirleir and others on RNase L I wanted to use this as an elastase inhibitor. I have lots of inflammation, and my joints and muslces are getting stiffer and more painful over time so this herb has many benefits from which I can potentially benefit.

It does help, not as much as I'd hoped but I notice a considerable difference when I stop taking it.

I think everyone with true ME/CFIDS/CFS should try this herb and providing there's no adverse reaction stay on it until researchers come up with a more effective elastase inhibitor. The RNaseL abnormality appears to be specific to CFS.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 7th, 2004, 2:34pm »

Here I'm reading wondering if any one here is using or has and you have, tansy.

How long have you been using it and do you know how well it works with medications and also are there any side effects?

Boy was going to ask one question and came up with 3! rolleyes

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 7th, 2004, 4:05pm »

hey Pat

Three questions is fine.

I've been using it since early December, I noticed a difference in my joints in less than a week and it improved from there on. At this time I was in one hell of a mess and had had to come of vioxx due to fluid retension. I know a few people in the UK who find it more effective than I do and have used it to come off meds, they weren't happy about taking long term.

There are no serious side effects and I've done quite a bit of research. The ones quoted are "Unlike most anti-inflammatory medications, boswellia is not reported to cause stomach ulcers or gastritis. People rarely report mild nausea, diarrhea, or a skin rash." I guess providing you do not react to it it's reasonably safe.

There do not appear to be any problems with meds. When I search for info on these I type my med and alternative into a search engine, it saves wading through a lot of hits that aren't relevant. The only mention of this I found was at one site where it said it may make meds more or less effective but no details, it does look as though they hadn't a clue but were covering themselves.

Found three sites that may help answer your questions too.

http://www.personalhealthzone.com/herbal_medicine/side_effects/boswellia_side_effects.html

http://www.chopra.com/article.asp?program=general&id=48

http://www.bestnutrition.com/boswellia.htm



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« Reply #5 on: Mar 8th, 2004, 2:06pm »

Tansy, Do I have to order this or would my local Walmart have it? I am ready to scream from the achs, pains and STIFFNESS!
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 8th, 2004, 2:59pm »

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I bought my first bottle from the US from www.betterlife.com where I buy some supps that are difficult to source, or too expensive to buy from UK sources. I don't know if Walmart stock it but I'm sure there's plenty of health food stores that do.

Alternatives do not work in the same way as meds, their effect tends to build up over time. I find they take the edge off my pain so making life a lot more pleasant, if you do not react to them they tend to have less severe side effects.

I have found bromelain, wobenzyme and serrapeptase all help too, they are also used for the hypercoagulation defect Jelly talks about in many of her posts.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 8th, 2004, 3:03pm »

Thanks Tansy,
Walmart does not carry it but GNC does. I believe they said it was 12.99 for 90 (250mg). Does this sound about right? There is one more Health Food Store I can call but the # was busy..................................................
I may call Krogers too, they carry a lot of Herbs.............
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 8th, 2004, 3:29pm »

The dose sounds a bit low Fancy.

I use Jarrow's Max Boz that's 500mg three times a day. I will use that one more month and then try 350 mg two or three times a day. The difference in cost for me is minimal.

Stores that sell lots of herbs, or a wide variety of supps and herbs, are the most likely to carry this. A national company here has just added boswellia to it's own name range, demand for boswellia has been rising, which is always a good sign.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 9th, 2004, 08:37am »

Thanks, Tansy for taking the time to search and answer my questions.

I can't take it right now as it would block my guaifenesin I'm on but so glad you shared this and maybe others will get help.

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« Reply #10 on: Mar 9th, 2004, 09:42am »

Thanks Tansy, I have a couple more stores to call........
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 9th, 2004, 11:28pm »

After reading this post, I decided to give this herb a try. My RA is getting worse and it makes me feel "old". So I bought a bottle today and will give it a try for a month.

will let you know how it goes...

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 10th, 2004, 09:41am »

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I am getting some tomorrow........hopefully I can find it other than the GNC but if not will at least start out with theirs..............................................
Maybe we can compare notes as we go along. Where did you find it and what is the dosage, etc.
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 10th, 2004, 12:05pm »

Found it in the local health store, it is 65% boswella acid and works out to a 500 mg dose three times a day. Started yesterday - too soon to tell.

Cost me $17 (CDN) for a months supply.

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I am going to have to call around for a higher mg dosage. So far have just found the 250 mg at the GNC Health Food Store.............
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