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Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2017 Nov;21(22):5258-5263. doi: 10.26355/eurrev_201711_13849.

A novel boswellic acids delivery form (Casperome®) in the management of musculoskeletal disorders: a review.

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Indena S.p.A, Milan, Italy.


Standard pharmacological treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is often associated with relevant side effects. Botanical preparations endowed with a good tolerability profile, therefore, could have a role in the management of these disorders. Among different natural products, Boswellia serrata extracts have long been used for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, given their marked anti-inflammatory activity and their ability to promote tissue regeneration. However, standard preparations of Boswellia serrata show overall modest pharmacokinetic properties, a limitation which may ultimately lead to reduced efficacy. In an effort to improve the pharmacokinetic properties, Casperome®, a lecithin-based formulation of Boswellia serrata extract representing the whole natural bouquet, has been developed. This formulation was effective in the treatment of Achilles tendonitis, epicondylitis, radiculopathies, ankle sprains and sport injuries as shown in several clinical studies, the majority of which with a randomized design and all evaluating a number of well-recognized parameters of efficacy for the therapy of musculoskeletal disorder. All studies were consistent in showing a prompt decrease of pain and improvement of functionality of the affected area after supplementation with Casperome®, without any relevant adverse effect. Remarkably, these symptomatic improvements were paralleled by reduced plasmatic levels of inflammatory markers and by a diminished need for rescue analgesics. On these bases, Casperome® may have a role in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Clinical studies in other similar conditions (e.g., osteoarthritis) appear warranted to further investigate the efficacy of this botanical product in more specific settings.

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