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A genus of trees found in the Middle East and India. The trees produce an oleoresin used in ayurvedic medicine as anti-inflammatory treatment for arthritis and asthma.

boswellia (bs·welˑ·lē·),

n Latin name:
Boswellia serrata; parts used: resin, bark; uses: in Ayurveda, balances kapha and pitta doshas (astringent, bitter, sweet, light, dry), antiinflammatory, antiarthritic, analgesic, lowering of cholesterol, immunomodulator, antitumor, antifungal, aromatherapy; useful for treating asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, malignant glioma; precautions: none known. Also called
Indian olibanum tree, salai, or