Anti-inflammatory activities of the triterpene acids from the resin of Boswellia carteri
Frankincense, otherwise known as Boswellia carteri (14) [Figure 2] is a useful Omani traditional remedy for bronchitis, and can be used as a tonic for cleansing the digestive system, a mouth cleanser, for asthma and ulcers, and as a diuretic.
Table 1: Traditional medicines of Oman Name of the Local name Botanical name herb (Arabic) (family name) Rose water Ward Rosa damascena (Rosaceae) Garlic Thom, Allium sativum kurath (Tilliaceae) Thyme Zaater Thymus vulgaris (Tabiatae) Acridocarpus Qafas Acridocarpus orientalis (Malpighiaceae) Cinnamon Qurfa Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Taraceae) Clove Qurnfel Eugenia caryophyllus (Myrtaceae) Hemp Al-keef Cannabis sativa (Cannabinaceae) True myrde Yas Myrtus communis (Myrtaceae) Senna leaves Sana makki Cassia acutifolia (Teguminosae) Juniper Arar Juniper excelsa (Cupressaceae) Frankincense Mohor, Boswellia carteri or B.
Among them is the Al-Saber Al-Socatri tree, Mur tree, Boswellia Carteri
tree, Euphorbia Milii and Jaraz tree.
Boswellia carteri Birdwood and Commiphora myrrha Engler oleo-gum-resins (incense and myrrh respectively) are ancient remedies known since the Ancient Egyptian time.
Samples of the dried oleo-gum-resin of Boswellia carteri Birdwood and Commiphora myrrha Engler Family Burseraceae were purchased from Haraz Egyptian herbal store, Cairo, Egypt.
Scientists in the US studied an enriched extract of the frankincense herb Boswellia carteri
cientists have shown that an enriched extract of the Somalian Frankincense herb Boswellia carteri
can kill bladder cancer cells.
One of these is of the transport of frankincense Boswellia carteri
on the expedition of Queen Hatchepsut, shown in a relief at Der-el-Bahari about the year 1480 BC.
It started at Oman's southern province, Dhofar, where the thorny tree, Boswellia Carteri
still grows, source of that precious commodity - frankincense.
Because a pathologically prolonged and sustained activation of the complement system is implicated in a variety of inflammatory disorders, from rheumatoid arthritis and glomerulonephritis to systemic lupus erythematodes, we have investigated the influence of [beta]-boswellic acid from Boswellia carteri
on the classical and alternative complement pathways.