Turpentine is a viscous substance derived from the pistachio tree Lentisus called Chios turpentine. This tree grows naturally in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean countries. Turpentine is available in capsules as a supplement or can be chewed as chewing gum. Consult with a good doctor before using turpentine as an herbal remedy.
Turpentine health benefits
1. Reduces heart diseases
Heart diseases refer to problems that affect on the heart or blood vessels, but its two main risk factors are high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
2. Turpentine powder to lower cholesterol
Turpentine powder (5 g per day) lowers LDL cholesterol. It also reduces other symptoms of heart and liver diseases (apolipoprotein B, AST, ALT, GGT) over the course of a year and a half. In a clinical study 179 healthy people has given 1 gram of turpentine per day. It lowered total cholesterol, but did not affect on HDL, LDL, or triglyceride levels. This affection pronounced more in obese people. The other two types of turpentine (turpentine free of polymer and raw turpentine powder) had no effect. According to a study on rabbits, Turpentine also lowered total cholesterol, as well as lowered triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels in a study on mice.
3. Reduces high blood pressure
In a study on mice, turpentine supplementation reduced contractile and dilated blood pressure. It also reduces inflammation and damage to the heart and other organs that can be caused by high blood pressure.
4. Helps to diabetics
In a clinical study 1 gram of raw turpentine has given to 179 people daily and it caused to reduce fasting glucose levels, especially in fat individuals. However, raw powder and polymer free turpentine had no effect, turpentine gum also reduced high blood sugar in mice with diabetes.
5. Increases oral health
In a clinical study on 10 people for 7 days, chewing turpentine gum reduced their plaque. In several clinical trials of more than 100 people, chewing turpentine have reduced salivary bacterial levels. In a specific study on cells was determined the turpentine extract is able to kill bacteria that cause inflammation gum diseases (such as gingivitis).
6. Reduces the symptoms of IBD
In a clinical trial of 60 patients with IBD, they were given 2.8 grams of turpentine daily, which improved quality of life and IBD ,lysozyme, lactoferrin, and calprotectin levels. CRP is a common symptom of IBD, and turpentine is particularly effective on people with Crohn’s disease.
7. Helps to Crohn’s disease
Supplements containing turpentine (2.2 grams per day) reduced the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and improved general health , as have been proved in 18-person clinical study over 4 weeks. In addition it is good to reduce the number of liquid stools, stomach pain and cramps and taking antidiarrheal drugs, also it significantly reduces key symptoms and exacerbates inflammation (CRP). In a study on mice, turpentine reduced IBD but in other animals, the effect worsened after 6 days.
8. Helps to digest food
In a clinical trial on 148 people with indigestion, 350 mg of turpentine was given to reduce the symptoms of indigestion such as stomach pain (both general and anxiety), burn stomach and upper abdominal pain.
9. Cure wounds
In a study on 38 people with small bowel ulcers, turpentine helped to reform the wound and reduce signs. In a clinical trial on 147 women, turpentine helped to reform wounds, but its effect was small.However, turpentine was not used orally. This was done by traditional doctors, through burning chewing gum and turpentine resin and rubbing the wound with more than 3 days. This was the only study that used turpentine smoke, and its mechanisms and meanings remained largely unknown.
10. Helps to relieve and cure H. pylori infection
Turpentine is usually used by people with H. pylori infection. Pyloric infections wish to go their normal way. Sometimes this combination is combined with probiotics, adequate diet, or other supplements.
Pure turpentine (350 mg – 1 g, 3 times a day) was lonely effective on average in eliminating H pylori (30% -38% of cure) and it was cured after 14 days. However, it does not work when is used in combination with conventional antiepileptic drugs, pantoprazole (clinical trial on 52 patients) and will not answer.
But in another clinical trial on eight people, daily using 4 grams of turpentine had no effect on the H. pylori infection status. In a study on mice, turpentine preparation was able to reduce H. pylori, but failed to completely cure the infection.
In studies on cells, turpentine was very effective against H. pylori and killed 90% of bacteria.
11. Fight with cancer
Turpentine has good potential against cancer due to scientific studies on animals and cells. In mice with colon cancer, turpentine extract can stop growing cancer by up to 35% without any harmful effects.
In a cell study, turpentine reduced the sensitivity of prostate cancer cells to male sex hormones (androgen). Turpentine turns off genes and converts male sex hormone receptors to avoid cancer.
In fact, most drugs are used to cure prostate cancer by reducing the activity of these receptors (androgen receptors AR). In a study on cell, turpentine showed similar anti-cancer effects to taxol, a drug commonly used for breast cancer.In two other studies on cells, turpentine killed colon cancer cells.
12. Strengthens sexual power
Recent studies have shown that high levels of zinc in turpentine helps to increase prostate function and increases male sexual desire.
13. Prevent glaucoma
Glaucoma is an optic nerve disease that causes blurring vision and blindness. Studies have shown that turpentine helps to kill bacteria in the digestive tract before absorbing into the bloodstream and it is directly linked to avoid glaucoma.
14. Treats various infections
Since turpentine is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal drug, it is associated with reducing the symptoms of various diseases, such as skin infections and candida. Turpentine has also been shown to protect liver disease from infection and helps to prevent liver disease.
15. Protects the liver
Blood tests of participants who consume 5 grams of turpentine daily show that specific levels of liver enzymes compared to baseline levels, so it is an indicator of the liver health improvement.
16. Keeps cells alive
Turpentine is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to reduces free radical damage and regenerates living cells. This, helps to reduce the aging process as well as protect the vital organs from decay. It Keeps you young and active.
17. Fights microbes
Turpentine effectively inhibits the growth of various types of bacteria and candida fungi.
18. Reduces inflammation
Turpentine is an anti-inflammatory element that can help with autoimmune diseases or chronic inflammation. It works to reduce the level of inflammation and the inflation symptoms. It blocks the inflammation pathways and activates neutrophils (a type of white blood cell).