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How does peppermint oil treat irritable bowel syndrome?

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Several studies show that it can help with common IBS symptoms like pain, constipation, bloating, and gas. In fact, some research shows that it can be more effective than fiber and at least as good as muscle relaxants.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Peppermint Oil,” “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Peppermint Oil and IBS Pain Relief.”

American Family Physician: “Peppermint Oil.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome,” “Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome.”

National Health Service: “Peppermint does soothe IBS.”

UCLA, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Peppermint Oil,” “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Peppermint Oil and IBS Pain Relief.”

American Family Physician: “Peppermint Oil.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome,” “Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome.”

National Health Service: “Peppermint does soothe IBS.”

UCLA, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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