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Illustration of pink scotch thistle flowers on a white background with black text underneath
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AMERICAN PEPSIN GUM CO. BUTTONS MADE BY WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J.
Many gum manufactures in the late 1800's used pepsin powder in their chewing gum and marketed it as a way to aid in digestion. Pepsin was thought to settle stomach issues and help people with digestive concerns. Scotch Thistle was once used as a treatment for cardiac stimulation, though it was never approved by the FDA. Some heart medicines still use scotch thistle as a primary ingredient. It is also used to lessen mucous in nasal membranes.