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Larry Chiaramonte, Allergy & Immunology, answeredThe gum resin of Boswellia serrata -- known popularly as frankincense -- has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and is also known as Salai guggul. Components of Boswellia called boswellic acids have been found to specifically inhibit 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme that helps produce leukotrienes, which contribute to inflammation. In animal studies, Boswellia not only inhibited production, but also prevented the migration of leukocytes to inflammatory sites. This inhibitory effect might make it a useful component of therapy, and clinical trials have been encouraging.