Acacia arabica, Acacia senegal, Acacia verek, Arbre à Gomme Arabique, Bum Senegal, Bomme Arabique, Bomme de Senegal, Bummae Momosae, Goma Arábiga, Gomme Acacia, Gomme Arabique, Gomme d'Acacia, Gomme Sénégal, Gommier Blanc, Gum Acacia, Gum Arabic, Khadir, Kher, Kumatia, Mimosa senegal, Senegalia senegal.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationAcacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It's a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and weight loss. It is also used to remove toxins from the body and as a prebiotic to promote "good" bacteria in the intestine.
Acacia is applied to the skin inside the mouth for plaque and gum inflammation (gingivitis). It is also applied to the skin to decrease skin inflammation (redness).
In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.
Don't confuse acacia with acai, cassie absolute, or sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).
How does it work?Acacia is a source of dietary fiber. It tends to make people feel full, so they might stop eating earlier than they otherwise would. This might lead to weight loss and reduced cholesterol levels.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Ineffective for
Insufficient Evidence for
- Dental plaque. Early research shows that chewing acacia gum for 7 days reduces dental plaque more than chewing sugar-free gum. Other research shows that applying a gel containing acacia and other ingredients after brushing for 6 weeks can decrease plaque similarly to using chlorhexidine 1% gel.
- Gum inflammation (gingivitis). Research shows that applying a gel containing acacia and other ingredients after brushing for 6 weeks can decrease gingivitis severity similarly to using chlorhexidine 1% gel.
- Weight loss. There is early evidence that shows taking 30 grams of powdered acacia daily might help weight loss.
- Skin irritation around colostomy appliances. Early research shows that applying a thick layer of acacia gel to the skin around a colostomy appliance decreases skin inflammation better than applying zinc sulfate ointment.
Side Effects & SafetyAcacia is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food.
Acacia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts used for medical purposes. Up to 30 grams daily has been used safely for 6 weeks. However, it can cause minor adverse effects, including gas, bloating, nausea, and loose stools.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acacia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Asthma: People with asthma might be sensitive to acacia pollen.
Cross-allergies: People with known allergies to other plants such as rye or quillaja bark might have a reaction to acacia.
Do not take this combination
Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox) interacts with ACACIA
Acacia can prevent the body from absorbing the antibiotic amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox). To prevent this interaction, take acacia at least four hours before or after taking amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).
The appropriate dose of acacia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for acacia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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