- What other names is Acacia known by?
- What is Acacia?
- How does Acacia work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Acacia.
fiber that can dissolve in water.
As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth to reduce cholesterol levels and to help increase weight loss.
In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.
Don't confuse acacia with sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).
Possibly Ineffective for...
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Dental plaque. Early research suggests that chewing acacia gum for 10 minutes five times daily for 7 days reduces dental plaque more than sugar-free chewing gum.
- Weight loss. There is early evidence that shows taking 30 grams of powdered acacia daily might help weight loss.
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Acacia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts used for medical purposes. Up to 30 grams daily has been used safely for 6 weeks. However, it can cause minor adverse effects, including gas, bloating, nausea, and loose stools.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acacia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox)
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.
Acacia can prevent the body from absorbing the antibiotic amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox). To prevent this interaction, take acacia at least four hours before or after taking amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011