Mastic Gum for Crohn's?

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njmom
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   Posted 7/10/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It looks like Mastic Gum might help.
 

Mastic for Crohn's disease
Chios mastic treatment of patients with active Crohn's disease.
World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Feb 7;13(5):748-53. Kaliora AC, Stathopoulou MG, Triantafillidis JK, Dedoussis GV, Andrikopoulos NK. Department of Science of Dietetics-Nutrition, Harokopio University of Athens, 70 El. Venizelou ave., Kallithea 17671, Athens, Greece.
To evaluate the effectiveness of mastic administration on the clinical course and plasma inflammatory mediators of patients with active Crohn's disease. This pilot study was conducted in patients with established mild to moderately active Crohn's disease, attending the outpatient clinics of the hospital, and in healthy controls. Ten patients and 8 controls were recruited for a 4-wk treatment with mastic caps (6 caps/d, 0.37 g/cap). All patients successfully completed the protocol. CD Activity Index (CDAI), Nutritional Risk Index (NRI), C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), and total antioxidant potential (TAP) were evaluated in the plasma at baseline and at the end of the treatment period. Patients exhibited significant reduction of CDAI as compared to pretreament values. Plasma IL-6 was significantly decreased, and so did CRP. TAP was significantly increased. No patient or control exhibited any kind of side effects. The results suggest that mastic significantly decreased the activity index and the plasma levels of IL-6 and CRP in patients with mildly to moderately active Crohn's disease. Further double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in a larger number of patients are required to clarify the role of this natural product in the treatment of patients with Crohn's disease.

 

http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/July-2008-Focus-Galland-on-Mastic-sp-77.html

"Galland: At least 75% recover, become antigen- and antibody-negative and their symptoms clear up. I see only about a 10% relapse rate. But I’ve begun to be fascinated by other uses of mastic gum for gastrointestinal disorders. I had a patient with inflammatory bowel disease—with both gastritis and ulcerative colitis—who was H. pylori positive. I put her on mastic gum and her colitis cleared up. It was quite dramatic. She was on the mastic gum for six months total, and her symptoms have not returned. That was pretty amazing. I wasn’t sure if this was a fluke, but there have been recent studies with mastic gum that show it is quite helpful in a number of different gastrointestinal disorders. A 2007 study from the University of Athens showed that mastic actually altered the function of certain immune cells in patients with active Crohn’s disease. Another 2007 study showed that in patients with active Crohn’s disease, mastic gum downregulated inflammatory markers like NF-Kappa B and interleukin-6, as well as C-reactive protein. Their Crohn’s symptoms also improved. Research last year even showed that mastic gum can inhibit salivary bacteria."


Nanners
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
What is it?
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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itainteasy
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   Posted 7/10/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.annalsgastro.gr/index.php/annalsgastro/article/view/639/476

"Mastic gum is a natural product produced by trees growing exclusively in the Greek island of Chios. Its aromatic and therapeutic characteristics are well known for centuries. It contains a large number of antioxidant substances, most of which have been recently identified."
Mother of teenage daughter with Crohn's.
Diagnosed Feb. 26th 2009
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janicea
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   Posted 7/10/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
wow. interesting.
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
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Keeper
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for an interesting bit of info! I don't think that it is THE CURE, but it looks like a real beneficial thing to try while we wait for a cure.

Nanners
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   Posted 7/11/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for explaining that a little better. I agree with Keeper its not a cure, but does look like it would be helpful. I think this is one that might even agree with my delicate system. Thanks for sharing.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

njmom
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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed, I don't see anything that looks like a sure-fire "cure" so I think of this kind of therapy as simply offering at least the possibility of improvement. My daughter is not going to try it yet, because she wants to see how she does on the LDN, first. 

courtlisa
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   Posted 2/1/2017 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear njmom,
Can you please tell me what LDN stands for? My 15 yr old daughter just got diagnosed with Crohn's last month. I was shocked. We have been very health conscious as a family & have no idea where it came from (altho she does have several food allergies). I have been doing much research the past month & am looking into a drug called "Low Dose Naltrexone." Is that what you are considering & can you please report to me how your daughter does on it? Thanks,
courtlisa

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   Posted 2/1/2017 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi @courtlisa, and welcome to Healing Well! If you look at the dates, you'll see that this is a pretty old thread, and many of those members aren't around anymore. You might want to make a new thread ("post new topic") and introduce yourself, give some background about your daughter, etc. That way more active members will be able to see it better. smile
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courtlisa
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   Posted 2/4/2017 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear scifigalK2,
Thanks for your reply, and yes I did notice after I posted how old those posts were. Thanks for the beautiful
Bible verse. I just had two fellow Christian believers over my house yesterday to pray for & anoint my daughter with oil from Israel. The Lord has answered many many prayers for our family for many years. He is in control. Yes we are made strong thru our weaknesses & His grace is sufficient for all of our needs! Amen
Bless you,
courtlisa
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