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Intestinal Relief From Peppermint Gels

Intestinal Relief From Peppermint Gels

Monday, November 10th 2003

Pain and cramps from occasional bowel irritation can be excruciating, not to mention the accompanying gas, nausea, fatigue and headache. If this is an occurrence you know all too well, try Advanced Bowel Support.

Proven Effective

In a published clinical study, 83% of peppermint oil users reported reduction in abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating and frequency of bowel movements. It works because peppermint contains menthol, a smooth muscle relaxant that subdues lower bowel spasms associated with gas. Menthol also helps break-up intestinal foam, thus allowing gas to pass through the digestive tract.

Targeted Release

Peppermint oil softgels have to be enteric coated to ensure menthol is released and absorbed within the lower intestine. That is where it's relaxing effect is needed most.

Radiance Peppermint Gels also contain Fennel oil and Ginger oil for added benefits to help relieve gas and nausea and help reduce intestinal discomfort.

What About Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Enteric coated peppermint oil softgel capsules have been used successfully in treating IBS. Enteric coating involves coating the capsule in a manner that will not allow the capsule to breakdown until after it has passed through the stomach and reaches the small intestine. Without enteric coating, heartburn could be produced. (1)(2)

How Does Enteric Coated Peppermint Oil Work?

It works by improving the rhythmic contractions of the intestinal tract and relieving intestinal spasm. An additional benefit is its effectiveness against Candida albicans. Overgrowth of C albicans may be a factor in IBS.

Are There Any Adverse Reactions?

At recommended dosages, enteric coated peppermint oil is not associated with any adverse reactions. At higher dosages there may be a temporary burning sensation upon defecation. If this occurs, simply reduce the dosage.

References: (1) Somerville K, Richmond C and Bell G: "Delayed release peppermint oil capsules for the spastic colon syndrome: a pharmacokinetic study. Br. J Clin Pharmacol 18:638-40, 1984. (2) Rees W, Evans B and Rhodes J: "Treating irritable bowel syndrome with peppermint oil." Br Med J ii: 835-6, 1979.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Intestinal problems:

Activated Charcoal
Acid Soothe
Aloe Vera Juice
Colostrum Capsules
Verm-ez Formula 825
Inner Health Plus
IBS Support
Advanced Bowel Support
Phloe
Peppermint Tea
Primadophilus
Digestive Ease Tea

Related health information can be found here:

Bad Breath
Colitis
Digestion
Gas
Gastritis

Related articles can be found here:

Improved Colostrum Provides Extra Health Benefits
Repair Gastrointestinal Damage with Colostrum
Soothe your stomach with Slippery Elm
The Power of "True Oregano Oil"
Why Take Primadophilus?
Winning the Battle with Candida & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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