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Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


“Peppermint Oil for Irritable
Bowel Syndrome” Irritable bowel syndrome is
a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder
characterized by abdominal pain and
altered bowel habits affecting 1 in
7 Americans, though most go
undiagnosed. It can have a
substantial impact on well-being
and health. Doctors underestimate the
impact the disease can have, particularly the
pain, the discomfort. Using some measures,
the health-related quality of life of
irritable bowel sufferers can rival those of much
more serious disorders such as diabetes,
kidney failure, and inflammatory
bowel disease. So the first step toward
successful treatment is for doctors to
acknowledge the condition and not
dismiss the patient as just hysterical
or something. Another reason sufferers
often don’t seek medical care may be the lack
of effectiveness of the available
treatments. There is a huge unmet
therapeutic need. Since there is no
cure for IBS, treatment is targeted
to alleviate the symptoms. The typical antispasmodic
drugs can cause side-effects such as dry mouth, dizziness,
blurred vision, confusion, and fall risk,
but there are new drugs on
the market now, like Lubiprostone, which
can cost $2000 a year, and cause—
as side-effects— many of symptoms you’re
trying to treat. Linaclotide is one of
the newest, $3000 a year, and again can cause
the very problems it’s designed
to help. Antidepressants
are commonly given, but may take 4 to
6 weeks to help. For Prozac or Celexa,
up to 12 weeks for Paxil and have their own
array of side-effects, including sexual dysfunction
caused by these three drugs in over 70% of the
people who take them. There’s got to be
a better way. Acupuncture works,
but no better than placebo. What’s placebo
acupuncture? It’s where you poke people
with a fake needle away from any known
acupuncture points, yet that worked just as
well as real acupuncture, showing the power of
the placebo effect. I’ve talked about the
ethics of so many doctors effectively passing off
sugar pills as effective drugs, who argue the ends
justify the means. There’s actually a way to
harness the placebo effect without lying to
patients, though. You tell them it’s
a sugar pill. Patients with irritable bowel
syndrome were randomized to a either
get nothing— or a prescription medicine
bottle of placebo pills with a label clearly
marked “placebo pills,” “take 2 pills
twice daily.” I kid you not! And lo and behold,
it worked! That’s how powerful
the placebo effect can be for
irritable bowel. They conclude that
for some disorders it may be appropriate
for clinicians to recommend that patients try an
inexpensive and safe placebo. Indeed, sugar pills probably
won’t cost $3,000 a year, but is there a safe
alternative that actually works-works? Nine randomized placebo-
controlled studies have found peppermint oil
to be a safe and effective treatment for irritable
bowel syndrome. A few adverse events
were reported, but were mild and
transient in nature, such as a peppermint taste,
peppermint smell, and a cooling sensation
around one’s bottom, whereas in some of
the head-to-head peppermint versus
drug studies, some of the drug side-effects
were so unbearable they had to drop
out of the study. This suggests that it might
be a reasonable approach for clinicians to treat IBS
patients with peppermint oil as a first-line therapy,
before trying anything else. The longest trial only
lasted 12 weeks, so we don’t know about
long-term efficacy, though the benefits may last at
least a month after stopping, thought perhaps
to be due to lasting changes
in our gut flora. The studies used
peppermint oil capsules so they could match them
with placebo pills. What about
peppermint tea? It’s never been tested,
but one might assume it wouldn’t be
concentrated enough, but a quarter cup of
fresh peppermint leaves has as much peppermint oil
as some of the capsule doses used in the studies,
which one could easily blend into a smoothie, or
with frozen berries to make something like
my pink juice recipe. You can grow mint right
on your window sill. We doctors need effective
treatments that are cheap, safe, and
available. This is particularly relevant now
as newer and more expensive drugs have either failed to
work or been withdrawn from the market owing to concerns
about serious adverse events. Just like it may be a good
idea to only eat foods with ingredients you
can pronounce, it may be better
to try some mint before novel pharmacological
approaches, such as the new dual mu-opioid
agonist antagonist drug with a name like
JNJ-27-oh-1-8-9-66.

46 comments on “Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  1. My husband is a doctor and I swear to you he has IBS yet he lives in denial… I am going to try this and … I am just wondering should I try it on him without telling him what I'm trying to treat or should I tell him…

  2. @nav177 if he's got IBS and he's In denial…you can't help him. Lol and peppermint kinda helps. But it's more like a band-aid for a cut….it's like oh yay thanks, but it doesn't fix anything. Anybody wanting to cure themselves from a fucked up central to enteric connection aka (IBS) needs to start eating high carb low fat. As in upwards of 3-5 thousand cals a day in fruits and veggies. Take it from me I have IBS worse then anybody I have ever even heard of. And I have cured myself and experience little to no simptons.

  3. I have lived with this problem my entire life.  It has limited me in so many ways, caused me to miss out on many important events, lost jobs, and rendered me albeit disabled.  The doctors I have spoken to about this for the last 3 decades all prescribe anti-D's and each time that caused more and different issues without solution.  I refuse to live life in a cloud and still have symptoms.  I regularly drink Spearmint Tea made from fresh plants I grow.  My question is… does it matter which type of Mint?  Spearmint, Peppermint or Mint etc…?  I often wonder if there is a difference between the various mints.  Is one mint more affective than others?  Even with the essential oils they don't offer various types of mints, at least I haven't seen them.  Does anyone know?

  4. Big Pharma ever hears of this it won't be long until some sell out congressman offers up a bill to make Mint an illegal substance.

  5. Nice work, doc'!  I spray my room with a bottle of water + essential peppermint oil drops. Makes everything smell fresh and brand new ^_^

  6. this was literally my life for many many many months. my GI doc wanted to give me drugs, didn't talk to me about how to change my lifestyle. doc never called my pain IBS. and i only started calling my situation as IBS after my ordeal was mostly over. still have a very delicate GI system, but i wish that my daily pain that left me paralyzed many days had been legitimized with a named diagnosis. 
    (i did drink peppermint tea when things were bad but not so bad that i couldn't get up to make tea, so knowing that there's a study on this, makes me optimistic about future sufferers of IBS!)

  7. Just wanted to share I have never tried the oil but before I went vegan about 4 years ago and had upset stomach regularly was to make peppermint tea and suck on peppermint candy and it helped some. My husband says peppermint tea usually helps his stomach aches as well so I keep some in the cabinet.

  8. I've had this and it's the worst pain! Doctor said I should eat more fiber, drink more water, and eat fruits and veggies.

  9. That acupuncture is no more effective than placebo doesn't show the effectiveness of placebo, it shows the ineffectiveness (and bullshit) of acupuncture.

  10. From what I understand.. IBS could be for either constipation or diarrhea.  Peppermint oil from what I researched works when the case is with constipation because it increases motility. So if someone has diarrhea and taking peppermint oil to help it, is probably making a bad move.

  11. Do you know anything about IBD in dogs? My dog has the disease and we've taken her to a few different vets but they are generally very unhelpful. She does pretty well now on her medication but I just wondered if peppermint could be given to dogs at all or if it's even similar?

  12. I do agree that if you can use something cheap and traditional for a condition try that first before letting big pharma reach into you wallet and rob you blind.

  13. ever notice the FDA always approves the drugs that can jack u up more but don't approve the natural ones, who in their right mind would combine drugs and food together. I tell u it seems they only wanna keep you sick and if they didn't then why even have an FDA at all. Bums killing their own people, no wonder medical malpractice is the 3rd leading killer in America, right there under cancer and heart disease then its medical malpractice.

  14. I did thumbs up this however, only because he seems to actually care as a doctor. He cant be American, those doctors hate their patients.

  15. I bet some(maybe most) of the people in the Placebo study do not have a clue what the word Placebo means…

  16. This is probably the only nutritionfacts video that I don't like. Peppermint can cause acid reflux! It relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter. I've suffered hell for days after consuming one cup of peppermint tea.

  17. I watched Bill Nye's new show recently where he debunks "all" holistic and naturopathic remedies with science and claiming when they do work it is simply the placebo effect. He had an expert skeptic on that kept insisting there is "No research to back these claims" and he even said if they were effective, they would be regulated. I was just wondering if you have a specific video where you cover these types of claims. I have experienced relief with natural remedies before and consider (as you said) a first-line treatment. I feel ilke there is room for both holistic and western medicine practice.

  18. I've been taking enteric coated peppermint oil for about 4 years now.  I buy Pepogest at Vitamin Shoppe.  The doctor prescribed me a Prevpac, which made me feel worse and cost over $400!  The peppermint oil cured me.  You should use a probiotic supplement as well.  I take the Pepogest 30-60 minutes before breakfast, 2 hours after lunch and before bedtime.  The best under $10 investment you can make.  Foods won't repeat on you either.  You can have rich foods without the bad burps after.

  19. Something tells me the patients simply got fed up with their doctors after the open placebos and decided to stop complaining about their IBS.

  20. I have had a dull pain under my right rib for a couple of months, kind of like where my gallbladder is located, I went to the doctor two days ago, and he suggested me to buy IBGARD as it might be IBS, which are oil peppermint capsules. I have felt an immediate relief on my pain, and my head has clear out because this pain has been taken my sleep and well being.

  21. Ok so the past 3 months I had moderate IBS and now it’s gone here’s what I do
    Be sure to eat healthy I personally avoid beans, nuts, too much sugar, and rice also with chicken makes digestion worse and eat food that you now you’ll be ok with.Drink before your meal I been drinking alkaline water for my stomachs to soothe with gerd. Drinking before helps digestion do one at a time. In morning I do this yoga video and also I bend down to the floor idk y but it helps. Then I have raspberries and any berry to balance hormones and just be healthy. I bought a mint plant and eat it time to time for any bloating and digestion. Peppermint oil helps I put it on salads and helps a lot. Avoid spicy foods of course and go on With your day with just healthy food helps a lot I have eat apples especially the skin helped me. Rly just any food without it to betoo unhealthy doesn’t hurt but I don’t know ur stomachs so make sure to get all vitamins in types of foods or eat it by tablets. Evening I do this yoga and have dinner no later than 8 also for my gerd. Then before bed I have tea preferably chamomile or peach and honey helps and tastes better. Then a little snack or anything I eat yogurt with berries in it for next morning. Then sleep with ur head up idk for anyone this is nessiscary cuz I have gerd but helps . And just be calm I had anxiety and ate horrible which made me get this and I honestly don’t care what others think of me cuz nerves can impact digestion a lot which was me.

  22. I have spent quite a while investigating foods to eat if you have irritable bowel syndrome and discovered an awesome resource at Stomach Oracle Omnibus (look it up on google)

  23. I've just recently been newly utterly struck down with IBS, it's been lifechangingly awful. I'm glad to have seen this vid – I've been taking peppermint oil capsules and didi think they made a huge difference – it's awesome to get some confimration. I think I'll persevere with them instead of seeking any prescription drugs now 🙂

  24. Is it safe to use Peppermint essential oil drops? I bought some but then noticed the label that it's dangerous to ingest and you should immediately seek for medical assistance if you do :/

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