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Shallaki

Shallaki
Shallaki is a holy plant which is widely used in traditional medicine and is considered to be an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. The oleo gum resin extracted from this plant has various medicinal properties.
Arthritic patients can take 1-2 Shallaki tablets along with water to get relief from swelling in the joint. It reduces swelling as well as stiffness in the inflamed joints due to its anti-inflammatory property. Consuming Shallaki juice (before taking food) on a regular basis also helps improves brain function as it prevents cell damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant activity.
As per Ayurveda, massaging Shallaki oil along with coconut oil gently on the affected areas also provides relief from joint pains due to its analgesic property. It’s topical application helps to heal wounds due to its faster healing activity. Applying Shallaki powder (along with water in the form of a paste) on the skin helps manage the symptoms of ageing.
Avoid the excessive intake of Shallaki as it might cause nausea and stomach pain[1][2][4][5][6].

What are the synonyms of Shallaki?

Boswellia Serrata, Kundur, Salai, Dhup, Gugali, Chitta, Guguladhuph, Parangi, Saambraani

What is the source of Shallaki?

Plant Based

Benefits of Shallaki

What are the benefits of Shallaki for Osteoarthritis?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki is useful to manage pain in osteoarthritis. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling and joint immobility. Shallaki has Vata balancing property and gives relief from pain and swelling in the joints, associated with osteoarthritis.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 capsules of Shallaki.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food to control the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

What are the benefits of Shallaki for Rheumatoid arthritis?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) takes place in the joints. Amavata starts with a weak digestive fire that leads to accumulation of Ama. This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints. Shallaki has Vata balancing property and also helps to reduce Ama. This gives relief from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis-like pain and swelling in the joints.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 capsules of Shallaki.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food to control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the benefits of Shallaki for Asthma?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki helps to control the symptoms of asthma and gives relief in case of breathlessness. According to Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs causing obstruction in the respiratory passage. This results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga (asthma). Shallaki helps to remove excess mucus from the lungs and gives relief from the symptoms of asthma. This is because of its Vata and Kapha balancing properties.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 capsules of Shallaki.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food.
3. Repeat this to manage the symptoms of asthma.

What are the benefits of Shallaki for Ulcerative colitis?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki is useful to manage the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis. According to Ayurveda, the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis is similar to Grahni (IBD). It is caused by an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Shallaki helps to correct the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis because of its Grahi (absorbent) and Sita (cold) properties. This helps to thicken the stool and also stops bleeding in the stool.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 capsules of Shallaki.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food to manage the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis.

How effective is Shallaki?

Likely effective
Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis
Insufficient evidence
Asthma, Brain tumor, Crohn’s disease, Headache, Inflammatory bowel disease, Rheumatoid arthritis

Precautions when using Shallaki

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available on the use of Shallaki during breastfeeding. So it is advisable to avoid Shallaki or use only under medical supervision during breastfeeding.
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available on the use of Shallaki during pregnancy. So it is advisable to avoid Shallaki or use only under medical supervision during pregnancy.
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
1. Stomach pain
2. Nausea
3. Dizziness
4. Fever[2].

Recommended Dosage of Shallaki

  • Shallaki Juice - 3-5 teaspoons once a day.
  • Shallaki Powder - ¼- ½ teaspoons once or twice a day.
  • Shallaki Capsule - 1-2 capsules once or twice a day.
  • Shallaki Tablet - 1-2 tablets once or twice a day.

How to use Shallaki

1. Shallaki Juice
a. Take 3-5 teaspoons of Shallaki juice.
b. Add the same quantity of water to it.
c. Take it once a day before taking food.

2. Shallaki Powder
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Shallaki powder.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day.

3. Shallaki Capsules
a. Take 1-2 capsules of Shallaki.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food.

4. Shallaki Tablet
a. Take 1-2 tablet of Shallaki.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water 1-2 times a day after taking food.

Benefits of Shallaki

What are the benefits of Shallaki for Wrinkles?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Signs of aging like wrinkles is due to dry skin and lack of moisture. According to Ayurveda, it is due to an aggravated Vata. Shallaki helps in controlling signs of aging and increases moisture content in the skin. This is because of its Snigdha (oily) nature.
Tip:
1. Take ½ -1 teaspoon of Shallaki powder or as per your requirement.
2. Mix with water and make a paste.
3. Apply on the affected area once a day.
4. Leave it for 20-30 minutes.
5. Repeat this to manage the symptoms of aging.

How effective is Shallaki?

Insufficient evidence
Wrinkles

Precautions when using Shallaki

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Consult your doctor before taking Shallaki during breastfeeding[2].
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Consult your doctor before taking Shallaki during pregnancy[2].
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
Allergic rash[2].

Recommended Dosage of Shallaki

  • Shallaki Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Shallaki

1. Shallaki Powder
a. Take ½ -1 teaspoon of Shallaki powder or as per your requirement.
b. Mix with water and make a paste.
c. Apply on the affected area once a day.
d. Leave it for 20-30 minutes.
e. Wash with plain water.

2. Shallaki Oil (Boswellia Serrata oil)
a. Take 2-5 drops of Boswellia Serrata oil.
b. Mix with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil.
c. Massage slowly on the affected area.
d. Repeat this till you do not get relief from joint pain.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the uses of Shallaki oil?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shallaki essential oil which is obtained from Shallaki gum resin is mainly used in aromatherapy, paints, and varnishes. It is mainly used because of its fragrant aroma[10].

Q. In what forms Shallaki is available in the market?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shallaki is available in the market in different forms like powder, tablets, and capsules under various brands.

Q. Can Shallaki cause dizziness?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
No, Shallaki, when used in the recommended dosage, does not cause dizziness.

Q. Is Shallaki bad for the joints?

scientific
Modern Science View
No, Shallaki is not bad for the joints. Studies indicate that Shallaki is useful to reduce pain, improve knee-joint disorders and help patients with osteoarthritis[1].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
No, in fact, Shallaki is useful for all joint related problems when it is used for one to two months. This is because of its Vata balancing property.

Q. Can Shallaki help in Crohn’s disease?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shallaki might help manage Crohn’s disease (which is an inflammatory bowel disease), as it contains certain constituents which have anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce swelling at the inflamed tissue present in the anal or rectal area[3].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki extract or resin helps to control the symptoms of Crohn’s disease because it helps to increase digestive fire. This improves the function of the intestine and controls the symptoms like diarrhoea, fatigue or weight loss.

Q. How does Shallaki prevent Autoimmune disease?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shallaki might help manage autoimmune disease due to its antioxidant property. The antioxidants present in Shallaki fight against the free radicals, which are responsible for causing cell damage. This helps in improving the immune response of the body[7][8].

Q. Does Shallaki has Analgesic abilities?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shallaki has analgesic abilities due to the presence of certain constituents. These constituents inhibit the mediators responsible for inflammation and pain, thereby managing the pain associated with inflammation[9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki resin gives relief in pain (especially joint pain) because of its Vata balancing nature. According to Ayurveda, all types of pain are caused by aggravated Vata, using Shallaki helps to pacify Vata and reduces the pain associated with swelling.

Q. What are the benefits of Shallaki juice?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shallaki juice has various benefits, as it is rich in carbohydrates and other constituents. It helps in managing rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces the pain and inflammation in the joints. It also helps to improve appetite[11].

Q. How can Shallaki (Boswellia) resin improve brain function?

scientific
Modern Science View
Shallaki improves brain function mainly due to its antioxidant property. The antioxidants present in Shallaki resin fight against the free radicals responsible for causing neuronal (brain) cell damage. This helps in managing problems like memory loss and Alzheimer's disease[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Shallaki resin is an effective remedy to improve brain function because it has Balya (strength provider) property. It helps to control the degeneration of cells and gives strength to the brain for healthy function.

Q. Is Shallaki good for the skin?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Shallaki is good for the skin when its powder is applied to the affected area. Shallaki helps to control the signs of aging due to its Snigdha (oily) nature.

Q. Does Shallaki help in healing wounds?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shallaki helps in healing wounds due to its fast healing property. It contains certain constituents which help in wound contraction and closure. It also helps in collagen synthesis (which provides strength to wound) and forms new skin cells, thereby promoting faster wound healing[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Shallaki helps in quick healing of wounds when applied to the affected area because of its Ropan (healing) property.

Q. Can Shallaki be used in arthritis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Shallaki can be used to manage the symptoms of arthritis, as it contains certain constituents which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These constituents inhibit the activity of an inflammatory protein responsible for causing inflammation. This helps manage joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis[6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Shallaki can be used in arthritis. Shallaki is an effective remedy to control the symptoms of arthritis-like pain because of its Vata balancing nature and thus reduces the pain and improve the function of joints.

References

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