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how can peppermint oil help ibs?

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Dr. Alan Nelson
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Can relax the esopha: Peppermint oil, mints, altoids etc can all relax certain areas of the intestine, occasionally for esophageal symptoms it may help. For people with esophageal reflux, it could make the symptoms worse. It is not a standard treatment for any condition.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil can act as an antispasmodic in ibs, relieving pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Enteric coated capsules make sure the peppermint oil is released in the intestine rather than the stomach, where it could cause heartburn and indigestion. Some studies do show it's effective in relieving pain, bloating, and stool frequency; a few do not. http://tinyurl.com/mkmya8f.

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Should I breastfeed if I have ibs?

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No: You will need to check with your OB and GI docs to clear your medications. Some of the meds used to treat IBS can be a risk for nursing infant. Note that many people with "ibs/ibd" actually have celiac disease. If you have not been tested for celiac, please ask your doc.
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If you aren't taking meds that are contraindicated, the condition itself should not stand in the way of breast feeding which is so good for both you and the baby
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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.
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Can IBS cause atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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No not directly: No, unless severe diarrhea causes hypokalemia( low potassium), which in turn can cause atrial fibrillation.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do diet and stress affect ibs?

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Dr. Holly Barth
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General Practice 9 years experience
Exacerbate: Both of these make IBS worse. Stress management can help reduce symptoms of ibs. As for diet, slowly increasing fiber in one's diet can help alleviate symptoms, but can also worsen symptoms. Common foods that have been found to make IBS worse are cabbage, beans, legumes and lentils.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can somebody tell me how can peppermint oil help ibs?

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Dr. Alan Nelson
Specializes in Gastroenterology
May block intestinal: Peppermint is listed as "possibly effective" for colic, indigestion, nausea, tension headaches. It is thought to act like a menthol or flavonoid by interfering in the production of smooth (autonomic nervous system) muscle contraction and stimulation of bile secretion.

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