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Monograph: Frankincense - Oral

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Date: 2019-08-05


Boswellia sacra (Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy)

Proper Name(s)

Boswellia sacra ( USDA 2008 )

Common Name(s)

Source Material

Stem bark resin ( Leung and Foster 1996 )

Route Of Administration

Oral ( Lu 1999 )

Dosage Form(s)

Those suited to the allowable route(s) of administration. This monograph is not intended to include food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:



Dose(s): 1 Day per day

Duration of use

Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician for prolonged use.

Risk Information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s):
Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician prior to use if you have digestive disorders.

Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Known Adverse Reaction(s):
No statement is required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


  • The finished product specifications must be established in accordance with the requirements described in the NHPD Quality of Natural Health Products Guide.
  • The medicinal ingredient must comply with the requirements outlined in the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID).

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