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what are reasons why someone takes peppermint oil capsules?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 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 39 years experience
Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the gut. This may have desirable (or otherwise) consequences.
Apr 28, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 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.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What else can I take if peppermint oil isn't relieving my nausea?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Several things: Try ginger root. You can use it in stir frys. Also fennel root and fennel seeds are good as is oregano.
A 35-year-old member asked:

If i'm using peppermint tea for ibs, how often should I be drinking it?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
4-5 times per day: Tea: steep 1 tsp. Dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 - 5 times per day between meals. Peppermint tea appears to be safe, even in large quantities.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is peppermint tea good for getting rid of bloating or is that just a myth?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on what you mean by bloated: "loading" peppermint tea relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, or the valve at the top of the stomach, and therefore allows you to belch more easily.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Where could i find peppermint oil capsules?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 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 47-year-old member asked:

Does peppermint work for gut?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
For certain problems: Peppermint has many benefits: it reduces gas, bloating & nausea & helps abdominal & menstrual cramps. Enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules are proven effective for relieving spasms in irritable bowel syndrome. However, peppermint can aggravate reflux/heartburn so may not be appropriate if you have that (though enteric coating may prevent that effect). See www.Herbwisdom.Com/herb-peppermint.Html.

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