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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].

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. 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. 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.

References

  1. Siddiqui MZ.Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: An overview.Indian J Pharm Sci, 2011,73(3):255-261.
  2. WebMD.Holy Indian-frankincense: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
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