Overview

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

Mastic is used for conditions such as stomach and intestinal ulcers, long-term swelling (inflammation) in the digestive tract (inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), infections, and wound healing, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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

How does it work ?

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

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