A 31-year-old member asked:
is peppermint tea an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Arthur Heller answered
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Can help cramps, but: Peppermint tea can decrease muscle contractions in the gut. May help with spasm in bowel. Can decrease muscle contractions in lower esophageal aphincter which could increase reflux (back flow), and heartburn symptoms. Enteric coated peppermint oil may be helpful as an adjunct rx. If that is all it takes to control symptoms in ibs, cool. See your doc, be sure it's ibs, you're treating.
Answered on Oct 2, 2012
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