The mastic of Greece is a miraculous product as only Nature knows how to produce. It is highly recommended during infection with Helicobacter, a very common bacterium (found in 50% of humans) (read article on Wikipedia). In general for all pathologies affecting the stomach, ulcers etc.
The “mastic”, a natural gum, is obtained by repeated incision of the stems. An oleoresin, which is transformed into grains of putty, gradually flows out. Each tree can produce 150 to 180 grams per year of sealant and some exceptional trees up to 4 to 5 kg per year. Light yellow, this gum has a relatively strong balsamic odor. In the island of Chios, this resin is exploited under the name of “mastikha” (μαστίχα) or mastic.
In the Orient, resin is traditionally used as a fragrant masticatory to protect the gums and freshen the breath. It was used in Europe, at the beginning of the twentieth century, in medicine, as anti-diarrhea for children, as antiscorbutic as well as in the form of a poultice or for fumigation. In dentistry, it was used to occlude decayed teeth.
Mastic has been used as a medicine since antiquity and is still used in traditional folk medicine of the Middle East. In ancient Greece, it was given as a remedy for snakebite. The first-century Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides mentions the healing properties of mastic in his book De Materia Medica. Hippocrates wrote that the mastic is good for prevention of digestive problems and colds, and Galenus suggested that mastic was useful for bronchitis and for improving the condition of the blood.
Mastic contains antioxidants and also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. A Nottingham University study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that mastic can cure peptic ulcers by killing Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Other studies have indicated that mastic has only a modest ability to eliminate H. pylori but have also suggested that refining mastic by removing the polymer poly-β-myrcene may make the active components, particularly isomasticadienolic acid, more available and effective.
In traditional medicine, lentisic pistachio resin is used to combat stomach ulcers. Its effectiveness against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori has indeed been recently confirmed. It had been verified by several scientific studies. This method consists of removing the H. pylori bacterium by masticating the resin of the lentisque pistachio or absorbing a dessert spoon in the morning on an empty stomach. Wait 1/2 hour before breakfast.
Stomach problems sometimes do indicate a more serious problem. Prolonged vomiting puts you at risk for dehydration. Drinking small sips of water can help prevent dehydration. Go see a doctor if you are having trouble keeping water down for longer than six hours. You should also call your doctor if you experience nausea or stomach pain and discomfort for more than 48 hours.