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Mint Conditions

TAKE A LEAF FROM THIS » Peppermint is and age-old herbal medicine that has been used to treat a wide range of abdominal woes, from flatulence to stomach cancer to gallbladder disease. Traditional medicine doesn’t necessarily mean effective medicine, and doctors sow have far better answers to may of the problems that peppermint supposedly treated o cured. But peppermint has fared a bit better than many herbal medicines in clinical trials. Recent studies by Italian investigators have shown that peppermint oil seems to be fairly effective at relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that includes abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. 75% of the patients in their study who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks had a major reduction in their IBS symptoms, compared with just 38% of those who took a placebo pill. There are also findings – admittedly from smaller studies – that topical application of peppermint oil helps relieve tension headaches and that a combination of peppermint and caraway oils can help with recurrent indigestion. The oil that’s extracted from the peppermint plant contains lots of compounds. Menthol is the most abundant and pharmacologically important. Menthol is and ingredient in may conventional over – the – counter products, including cough lozenges and muscle pain ointment. Menthol creates that familiar cooling sensation by stimulating nerves that sense cold (your mouth has some of these nerves, which is the reason products containing menthol “taste” cool); it also inhibits those that react or painful stimuli. The effect doesn’t last long, but sometimes a brief reprieve or distraction from a cough or a muscle ache does wonders. Researchers believe one explanation for how peppermint oil might help IBS sufferers is that the oil - and perhaps especially – the menthol - blocks calcium channels, which has the effect of relaxing the “smooth” muscles in the walls of the intestine. Peppermint oil also relaxes the sphincter that keeps the contents of the stomach from backing up into your esophagus. That’s why people troubled by heartburn (acid reflux) are advised to avoid peppermint. It’s also the reason peppermint oil is often sold these days in enteric – coated capsules designed to bypass the stomach and dissolve in the small intestine. "




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