Intestinal Relief With Peppermint Gels
Saturday, December 11th 2004
Several clinical trials have shown that enteric coated Peppermint oil capsules may help reduce 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 - where it's relaxing effect is needed most. An enteric coating prevents the capsule dissolving until after it has passed through the acidic stomach and reaches the small intestine. Without enteric coating, heartburn could occur. (1)(2)
How does peppermint oil work?
It works by improving the rhythmic contractions of the intestine, relieving intestinal spasm. Lifestream Advanced Bowel Support also contain Aloe Vera to help relieve gas, nausea and intestinal discomfort. Additional benefits include reduction of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel and candida.
What about peppermint oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
In one study 79% of those using Peppermint oil capsules experienced an alleviation in severity of abdominal pain; 83% had less abdominal distension, 83% had reduced stool frequency, 73% had less abdominal gurgling and 79% had less flatulence.(3)
(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
(3) Liu JH, Chen GH, Yeh HZ, Huang CK, Poon SK. "Enteric-coated peppermint-oil capsules in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective, randomized trial". J Gastroenterol ;32(6):765-8. Dec 1997
Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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