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Does taking peppermint oil reduce cramping associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


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Irritable bowel syndrome is a common gut problem that relies heavily on mind-gut interactions. It is exquisitely sensitive to levels of perceived stress and anxiety, as well as depression. Patients with autistic traits also tend to have significant gut problems. These lead to cramping, pain, diarrhea, constipation, and a host of other symptoms. If you want to go the natural route, take ENTERIC COATED peppermint oil, 0.3ml three times daily before meals. This needs to be enteric coated, because if it’s not, it can actually slightly worsen dyspepsia. Multiple different studies have show this benefit of reduced cramping and bloating symptoms.


  • 1. Ingrosso, MR, Ianiro, G, Nee, J, Lembo, AJ, Moayyedi, P, Black, CJ, et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis: efficacy of peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2022; 56: 932– 941. https://doi.org/10.1111/apt.17179.
  • 2. Alammar, N., Wang, L., Saberi, B. et al. The impact of peppermint oil on the irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis of the pooled clinical data. BMC Complement Altern Med 19, 21 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-018-2409-0.


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