Bosweilla - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

boswellia for dogs and cats
In this article:
  1. About Boswellia
  2. Health Benefits of Boswellia for Dogs and Cats
  3. Side Effects
  4. Drug Interactions 
  5. Dosing Guidelines

1. About Bosweilla 

Boswella, Indian frankincense, Indian Olibanum, Ru Xiang

Bosweilla is a tree that is native to Arabia and India where it grows in dry hilly terrain. There are several species of Bosweilla tree. Bosweilla serrata is the type most often used for medicinal purposes. 
 
The medicine is made from the sap of the Bosweilla tree. The bark of the tree includes channels that open up and ooze sap (resin) when the bark is stripped from the tree. The resin contains volitile oils and terpenoids. 
 
Bosweilla can be added to your dog or cat's food. Choose what works best for your animal, boswellia:  
- Powder  
- Capsules 
- Tincture   
- Tea 
 
General dosing guidelines are provided further below.

2. Boswellia Health Benefits

A partial list: 
 
Allergy symptoms (environmental)
Hay fever symptoms:
- Asthma
 
Diuretic
 
Gastrointestinal Issues
- Colitits
- IBD
 
Joint Issues and Pain
- ACL injury
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Back, spine injury
- Bursitis 
- Tendonitis 
 
3. Side effects
None, unless hypersensitive to boswellia, in which case don't use.

4. Drug Interactions
Cholesterol lowering drugs.
 
5. Dosing Guideline

Body Weight
Powder

Tea
Capsules
Tincture
1-10 lbs
a small pinch up to 1/8 tsp
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
1 larger pinch - 1/8 to ¼ tsp
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches - 1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs
2 pinches - 2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose


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Article by Karen Rosenfeld

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