This is a re post of a blog by Dr Gifford-Jones I reproduce it here with attribution to him, because this might
help some of you with IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrom )
April 18, 2013
How About Some Peppermint?
As kids we’ve all enjoyed peppermint ice cream and candy. But peppermint is an age-old herbal medicine and for years has been used to treat a diverse range of problems, such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence and gallbladder disease. Moreover, in clinical trials peppermint has fared much better than other herbal remedies.
Studies show that peppermint oil appears to be effective and safe in easing the symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. This is associated with abdominal bloating, pain, constipation or diarrhea. A study by Italian researchers showed that 75 percent of patients who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks showed a decrease in their symptoms compared to 38 percent given a placebo. This approach is worth a try before using prescription medication.
But don’t try peppermint oil if you suffer from heartburn. Peppermint relaxes the muscle at the end of the esophagus. This may allow food in the stomach to enter the foodpipe triggering heartburn.
I’ve been lax lately on medical tips due to travel. I just returned from speaking to the Canadian Health Food Association in Vancouver and a visit to Owen Sound. Now I’ll be visiting Kitchener, Belleville and Kingston. For locations see my web site http://www.docgiff.com/