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Can peppermint tea (decaf) help with acid reflux symptoms? i've seen mixed opinions; some say it makes it worse..! omeprazole is currently not working

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Generally not but...: Peppermint tea is great for relieving intestinal spasm/cramps but usually aggravates reflux. But there are many natural approaches to reflux- avoiding certain foods, homeopathy, chinese herbs, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, dgl, marshmallow root & slippery elm. See http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/therapiesfrometol/a/heartburn.Htm and http://www.Earthclinic.Com/cures/acid_reflux.Html.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibly: 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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