Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant. It has been used for many years as a tea to calm digestion. Peppermint oil calms the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus and has analgesic (pain-killing) properties.
Peppermint oil is used for all the main symptoms of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), but it may be particularly effective at relieving cramps, spasms, and pain. Several published scientific studies are showing that peppermint oil is useful in reducing IBS symptoms.
In a national survey conducted in October 2015, U.S. gastroenterologists were asked about their use of peppermint oil in the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The survey revealed that the majority (83 per cent) of these gastrointestinal specialists were recommending peppermint oil for their IBS patients.
In an American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) monograph on the management of IBS published in August 2014, the ACG summarized, "In specific formulations, which may not be universally available, peppermint oil is effective in IBS."
Peppermint oil is the first natural health product approved by Health Canada for the relief of IBS symptoms (see International Journal of Digestive Diseases).
It seems that peppermint oil may help people suffering from IBS (among several other treatment options). My opinion is that you should call your doctor and discuss the different available treatment options before you determine what kind of treatment you want.
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