The Antibiotic Power of Mastic

Q My friend had a bad infection on her leg that she thinks she got at a swimming pool. The prescription drugs didn’t eliminate it, and she was afraid to stay on them too long. When I saw that Bye-Lori II worked on bacteria, I thought, “Let’s give it a try.” Well, it’s working better than the prescription antibiotics! And my friend knows she can stay on it without worrying.

Viola, Post Falls, ID

A We’ve never heard of mastic having a systemic antibiotic effect. As a poultice, however, mastic has a long tradition of use for topical wounds, expounded upon by Galen (second century A.D.) and even by Aristotle (fourth century B.C.).1,2

  1. Galen. Galen: Selected Works. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997.
  2. Aristotle. The Works of Aristotle, the Famous Philosopher. Cocker, Harris, and Finn, London, 1800.

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