Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has been shown to inhibit intestinal spasm and relieve gas. A special procedure of coating a capsule containing Peppermint oil prevents the oil from being released in the stomach. Without the special coating, peppermint oil tends to produce heartburn. Dosage is 1-2 capsules 30-60 minutes before a meal, not more than 6 capsules per day.

 


Peppermint Oil can help with the following

Digestion  

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Enteric-coated Peppermint oil has been used in treating the irritable bowel syndrome in Europe for many years. In one double-blind cross-over study, it was shown to significantly reduce the abdominal symptoms. Caraway oil is now being used in combination with peppermint oil and has been approved by the German Kommission E for use in IBS.



Key

Likely to help

Glossary

Spasm

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups.

Stomach

A hollow, muscular, J-shaped pouch located in the upper part of the abdomen to the left of the midline. The upper end (fundus) is large and dome-shaped; the area just below the fundus is called the body of the stomach. The fundus and the body are often referred to as the cardiac portion of the stomach. The lower (pyloric) portion curves downward and to the right and includes the antrum and the pylorus. The function of the stomach is to begin digestion by physically breaking down food received from the esophagus. The tissues of the stomach wall are composed of three types of muscle fibers: circular, longitudinal and oblique. These fibers create structural elasticity and contractibility, both of which are needed for digestion. The stomach mucosa contains cells which secrete hydrochloric acid and this in turn activates the other gastric enzymes pepsin and rennin. To protect itself from being destroyed by its own enzymes, the stomach’s mucous lining must constantly regenerate itself.

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