Acacia (Gum Arabic)
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Acacia senegalAcacia gum for treating any condition that could benefit from a soothing coating.
Acacia gum yields a natural substance that coats and protects the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. This soothing property also makes it a valuable external ointment or salve for minor skin irritations as well.
Description: Many Acacia species have important uses in traditional medicine. Most of the uses have been shown to have a scientific basis since chemical compounds found in the various species have medicinal effects. Up until the 1940\'s, doctors frequently used acacia gums in water or sugar syrup to treat sore throat, laryngitis, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections. Pastes of acacia gum in water were used as an herbal bandage for scalds and burns.
The ancient master of herbal medicine Galen may have used yet another variety of acacia (whitethorn, or Acacia albida), to treat malignant tumors. Typical Preparations: Acacia gum is used in a variety of products ranging from ink to ice cream. In herbal medicine, the gum is used to bind pills and lozenges and to stabilize emulsions. It is also used to produce a medium for applying essential oils, balsams, resins, camphor, and musk. Acacia gum forms strings when combined with cherry extract. Medicinal Precautions: Safe for internal use as a food and for external use without limitation, although allergies are possible for people exposed to windborne pollen (in Africa, India, or Saudi Arabia).