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i was wondering why do people take peppermint oil capsules?

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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.
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.

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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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