Intestinal Relief From Peppermint Gels
Monday, November 10th 2003
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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.
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.
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