Shallaki is a plant based gum resin that has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to help ease mild joint pain because of its ability to counter inflammation in the joints.
Recommended in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, joint pain, skeletal muscle pain and back pain.
ShallakiÂ (Boswellia serrata)
Shallaki is one of the ancient and most valued herbs in Ayurveda. âGajabhakshyaâ, a Sanskrit name sometimes used forÂ Boswellia, suggests that elephants enjoy this herb as a part of their diet. Gum-resin extracts ofÂ Boswellia serrataÂ have been traditionally used in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases.
The first two pillars of Ayurveda describe the anti-rheumatic activity ofÂ gugguls-the gum-resins of trees. In addition to its beneficial use for arthritis, this gummy resin is also mentioned in traditional Ayurvedic and Unani texts as an effective remedy for diarrhoea, dysentery, ringworm, boils, fevers (antipyretic), skin and blood diseases, cardiovascular diseases, mouth sores, bad throat, bronchitis, asthma, cough, vaginal discharges, hair-loss, jaundice, haemorrhoids, syphilitic diseases, irregular menses, and stimulation of liver. It is also diaphoretic, astringent, diuretic and acts both as internal and external stimulant. Modern medicine and pharmacology strongly point out to its use as an antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic (controls blood lipids), anti-atherosclerotic (anti-coronary plaque), analgesic (pain-reliever) and hepatoprotective (protects the liver) (1, 2).
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Dosage and Directions
Â½Â teaspoon mixed with honey,Â twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
Store in a cool, dry place (below 30Â°C) away from direct sunlight.