Mastic

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About

Mastic is a tree. People use the sap (resin) from the trunk to make medicine.

Mastic is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, breathing problems, muscle aches, and bacterial and fungal infections. It is also used to improve blood circulation.

Some people apply mastic directly to the skin for cuts and as an insect repellent. In dentistry, mastic resin is used as a material for fillings. Chewing the resin releases substances that freshen the breath and tighten the gums.

In manufacturing, mastic resin is used in the food and drink industries and in the production of chewing gum.

How it works

Mastic might help reduce stomach acid and may protect the lining of the stomach and intestine. Mastic also contains a fragrant oil which could freshen the breath. In a test tube, mastic seems to fight bacteria and fungi.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Indigestion (dyspepsia)

Taking mastic gum by mouth for 3 weeks seems to improve symptoms of indigestion, including stomach pain, upper abdominal pain, and heartburn.

Stomach and intestinal ulcers

Taking mastic powder by mouth for 2 weeks seems to reduce symptoms and improve healing in people with intestinal ulcers. Also, early research suggests that taking mastic powder by mouth for 4 weeks improves these outcomes in people with stomach ulcers.

Concerns

Possibly safe

Mastic is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately by mouth.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking mastic if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Mastic.

Allergy to Schinus terebinthifolious and other Pistacia species: People who are allergic to these plants might also be allergic to mastic tree.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.