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August 5, 2019

Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Part(s)

Boswellia sacra

  • Bible frankincense
  • Frankincense
  • Incense
  • Olibanum
  • Olibanum-tree
  • Ru xiang shu

Boswellia sacra

Stem bark resin

References: Proper name: USDA 2019; Common names: McGuffin et al. 2000; Source material: PPRC 2010.

Route of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

Acceptable dosage forms for any age category listed in this monograph for the specified route of administration are listed in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Claims for traditional use must include the term "Herbal Medicine", "Traditional Chinese Medicine", or "Ayurveda".



Adults 18 years and older


Methods of preparation: Dry, Powder, Non-Standardized Ethanolic Extracts (Dry extract, Tincture, Fluid extract)

3 - 5 grams of stem bark resin, per day (PPRC 2010).

Method of preparation: Decoction

3 - 10 grams of stem bark resin, per day (Bensky et al. 2004; Chen and Chen 2004).

Direction(s) for use

Apply to affected area(s) as needed.

Duration(s) of Use

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

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)

No statement required.


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

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

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

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited

References Reviewed