mastic gum


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mastic gum

The chewed resin of the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus), used as a spice, flavoring, and as a gum in medicinal preparations such as toothpaste and lotions for the hair and skin.
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Previous studies have shown some effect of mastic gum on the healing of peptic ulcers in humans (Al-Habbal et al.
The aim of our randomised controlled trial was to assess the efficacy of mastic gum monotherapy or in combination with a proton pump inhibitor on H.
Patients who chewed mastic gum more than once a week were also excluded from the study.
They were then randomized to receive either a low dose mastic gum monotherapy 350 mg three times a day (tid) for 14 days, a high dose mastic gum monotherapy 1 g tid for 14 days, a dual regime of mastic gum 350 mg tid and pantoprazole 20 mg bd for 14 days, or a standard triple therapy which consisted of pantoprazole 20 mg bd, amoxicillin 1 g bd and clarithromycin 500 mg bd for 10 days.
We enrolled fifty two patients from the Endoscopy unit: 13 received low mastic gum monotherapy 350 mg tid for 14 days (Group A), 13 received high mastic gum monotherapy 1 g tid for 14 days (Group B), 13 received mastic gum 350 mg tid and pantoprazole 20 mg bd for 14 days (Group C) and 13 patients received triple therapy with pantoprazole 20 mg bd, amoxicillin 1 g bd and clarithromycin 500 mg bd for 10 days (Group D).
Table 1 Patients in Group A received low dose mastic gum monotherapy for 14 days.
Patients who received mastic gum tolerated it well.
In a 2007 University of Shanghai study, researchers concluded that mastic gum suppressed other mediators of inflammation, including interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein.
In 2005, a University of Miami study found antiproliferative activity and induction of apoptosis in human colon cancer cells treated in vitro with a hexane extract of the plant product Chios mastic gum (He-CMG).
Antimicrobial effect of mastic gum methanolic extract against Porphyromonas gingivalis.
A mastic gum extract induces suppression of growth of human colorectal tumor xenografts in immunodeficient mice.
Chios mastic gum modulates serum biochemical parameters in a human population.