Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that leads to a number of unpleasant symptoms. Medication is often prescribed to treat IBS, but there’s evidence that peppermint oil works as a natural solution. In one study, 75% of those taking peppermint capsules reported a significant reduction in IBS symptoms. Another study involving children mirrored these results. A third study from Taiwan reported that 80% of those taking enteric-coated peppermint oil experienced less flatulence, stool frequency and abdominal pain. Enteric-coated capsules are important because they cause the peppermint to be released in the intestinal tract rather than the stomach. If you suffer IBS, talk to your doctor, but consider peppermint oil as a remedy.
- Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition, and sufferers are usually instructed to manage its symptoms with OTC or prescription drugs.
- There is scientific research to suggest that peppermint oil can reduce intestinal inflammation and abdominal swelling.
- For IBS treatment, peppermint capsules should be enteric-coated to allow the peppermint oil to be released in the intestinal tract rather than the stomach.
“While IBS does not increase the risk of colon cancer or cause changes in the bowel tissue the way irritable bowel disease can, its symptoms can be very painful and interfere with normal daily activities.”