Mastic is known from ancient times. It was first mentioned by Herodotus (484 - 420 BC). Herodotus said that in ancient Greece people chewed the dried resinous liquid that flowed from the bark of the mastic tree. In medical texts of late antiquity we find many prescription drugs with mastic as their main component, which was considered very beneficial to human health, usually used in combination with other natural materials for the treatment of many diseases.
Nowadays, scientists have begun to demonstrate that natural mastic has unique therapeutic and beneficial properties. This is a confirmation of what has historically been recorded. It turns out that mastic has strong therapeutic effects against diseases of the digestive system, contributes to oral hygiene, has excellent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action and is a natural antioxidant. It also contributes to wound healing and skin regeneration.
Mastic in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the digestive system
In ancient times it was known that the mastic of Chios was effective in relieving stomach pains such as upset stomach, dyspepsia and peptic ulcers. Today, scientific and clinical studies have confirmed that. Most of this research was conducted by scientists in the Arab world region where the use of Chios mastic was and is widespread even in prescriptions of medical practice.
Mastic in oral hygiene
Studies have shown that chewing mastic helps to train our gums, thus has many beneficial effects on dental health. Unlike common gums, mastic is relatively hard to chew secreting more saliva, which in turn increases the purity and freshness sensation in the mouth, while contributes to the palliative treatment of dry mouth. Finally Mastic reduces plaque formation and inhibits bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
Antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of mastic
There has been much research on the antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of mastic (mastic). The findings confirmed the significant antibacterial and antifungal activity of mastic, which encourages its use as a component of pharmaceutical formulations and other skin protection and care products.
Mastic as an ingredient in healing wounds and patches and an anaplastic skin factor
Mastic is a sealant with excellent adhesive properties, while it does not cause adverse effects on the skin (such as dermatitis, skin discoloration, etc.) like other common healers. This unique natural resin is already used as an ingredient in bandages, plasters, dressings and other healing agents, applied for protection and healing of postoperative wounds or incisions.
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