Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, which has been used for many years as a tea to calm the digestion. Peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, and calms the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus. Peppermint also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Peppermint oil is used for all the main symptoms of IBS, but it may be particularly effective at relieving cramps, spasms and pain. There have been several published scientific studies showing that peppermint oil is useful in treating 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 percent) 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.” No strong recommendation was made for any product category, including peppermint oil, for the management of diarrhea predominant (IBS-D), one of the most prevalent types of IBS. When data were pooled, the incidence of adverse events was not significantly higher among those taking peppermint oil as compared with placebo. This monograph also identified a need for more studies and longer clinical trials with peppermint oil.
First peppermint oil natural health product approved by Health Canada for the relief of IBS symptoms (see International Journal of Digestive Diseases).
It’s obvious 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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