U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are reasons why someone takes peppermint oil capsules?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Several uses: Peppermint oil has multiple uses. A very popular one is for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). http://tinyurl.com/kjesndd it can also help with indigestion. Peppermint oil can be used topically to help abdominal distension, antispasmodic in UGI endoscopy, headaches including migraine, and postherpetic neuralgia. A dilution is used in these latter situations.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the gut. This may have desirable (or otherwise) consequences.
Apr 28, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Reasons.: Peppermint oil has been used effectively for a variety of digestive issues (flatus, nausea, vomiting, cramps, loose bowel movements, heartburn, indigestion & irritable bowel syndrome). Anecdotally it is reported to help with headaches, musculo-skeletal pain, dental pain, upper respiratory infections, inflammatory conditions as well as viral & bacterial infections.

Similar questions

A 41-year-old member asked:

I was wondering why do people take peppermint oil capsules?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Nelson
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Relax the esophagus: It can be used to relieve the feeling of fullness after a large meal-like a peppermint is given in some restaurants. In theory, the esophagus relaxes, one can "eructate" (burp) and then feel less full.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Where could i find peppermint oil capsules?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Health food, online: Like most herbal supplements, peppermint oil capsules should be widely available at health food stores. If you can not find them at a local store they are widely available online from iherb.Com, swanson vitamins, amazon.Com etc.
A 22-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to take peppermint oil capsules with Medroxyprogesterone tablets?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Mabria Loqman
Bariatrics 39 years experience
Sure: No interactions between the two:)
Last updated Jan 23, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.