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Peppermint oil, for irritable bowel, vs just using the peppermint candy. Which is better?

Peppermint oil, for irritable bowel, vs just using the peppermint candy. Which is better?

Peppermint Oil: Studies seem to suggest that peppermint oil has roughly equivalent efficacy in managing ibs with less side effects than anticholinergics. I would recommend peppermint oil versus peppermint candy as candy will contain increased sugars and other preservatives that would not be advisable. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Peppermint Oil (Definition)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial and antiviral properties. A number of studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion ...Read more


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Is it safe to take IBgard (over the counter) long term for irritable bowel? Each capsule contains 90 mg. ultra purified peppermint oil. Acid reflux?

Is it safe to take IBgard (over the counter)  long term for irritable bowel? Each capsule contains 90 mg. ultra purified peppermint oil. Acid reflux?

Irritable Bowel: I understand your distress of Irritable Bowel and desire for Relief Its side effects can be heartburn which is a symptom of Acid reflux. Stress can cause or increase Acid reflux or Irritable Bowel. Let the Wise Woman within you Reflect: •Stresses of relationships, separation, divorce, , finances •Severity of symptoms •Seeing Gastroenterologist •Anxiety •Therapy, , Medication by Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is peppermint tea an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks. ?

I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks. ?

Rabeprazole: Hi, it depends why you are taking it for, if you are taking it for acid reflux I don't think it's wise to take peppermint as that might increase your reflux symptoms. Also Peppermint decreases the clearance of Rabeprazole from your body, therefore you might not need to take it twice a day, talk to your Gasteroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

IBS: There is really no specific test for irritable bowel syndrome at this time. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. In-other-words, you have certain symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and/or constipation. A multitude of tests are done and nothing is found. What you can do is alter your diet and see if it helps. For example; eliminate wheat and/or dairy. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

Diet and fluids: and probiotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fi=ber diet, regular meal times and portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily ...Read more

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My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No. Just similar: Sounding names. Ibs is a functional disorder that causes pain and motility problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Treatment is largely symptomatic. Ibd is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This is a much more serious condition when you get it, and treatment could require anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and surgery. ...Read more

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I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?

I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?

R/O other diseases: Make sure you don't have celiac disease or colon cancer, then start trying stopping various foods to see if by trial and error you can find a diet that decreases the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more