Peppermint oil is choleretic
which means it encourages bile secretion from the liver. It has been used in a formula with other terpenes to help
in dissolving gallstones. See research on peppermint oil below.
Peppermint oil is helpful for intestinal pain and cramping and assists with gut motility. The principal component
of peppermint oil is menthol, which appears to relax smooth muscle such as that found throughout the colon. This
effect helps to reduce gut spasms. Use this in conjunction with Healthy Bowel for symptoms associated with IBS. Because straight peppermint oil
is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream from the stomach, studies have concluded that enteric-coated capsules
of peppermint oil deliver the benefit directly to the intestines, rather than to the stomach. DOSAGE: Take 1 capsule of ENTERIC COATED PEPPERMINT OIL following
each meal (3 times daily).
Ingredients: Oil of Peppermint - 50mg, sunflower seed oil, gelatin, glycerine, enteric coating(sodium alginate
and stearic acid)
Research Studies on Peppermint
Major Known ingredients in peppermint include menthol, menthone, camphene, limonene, pinene and others.
Studies have been done using all of the listed terpenes for the dissolution of gallstones. Separate studies have
been conducted using limonene. Studies on a European proprietary choleretic, Rowachol, show that is "occasionally
successful in the treatment of gallstones." "We ourselves have now treated 27 patients with radiolucent
gallstones for periods of six to 12 months. We already have radiological evidence of gallstone dissolution/disappearance
in seven of the patients taking the terpene preparation. The drug was well tolerated by the patients and no evidence
of hepatotoxicity emerged (Bell et al, 1978b)."1
"In vitro, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor
actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal
(GI) tissue, analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system, immunomodulating actions
and chemopreventive potential. Human studies on the GI, respiratory tract and analgesic effects of peppermint oil
and its constituents have been reported. Several clinical trials examining the effects of peppermint oil on irritable
bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms have been conducted. Adverse reactions to peppermint tea have not been reported,
although caution has been urged for peppermint oil therapy in patients with GI reflux**, hiatal hernia or kidney
my notes -**enteric-coated peppermint oil should not pose a problem)
Enteric-coated peppermint oil... "may be the drug of first choice in IBS patients with non-serious constipation
or diarrhea to alleviate general symptoms and to improve quality of life."3
"The principal pharmacodynamic effect of peppermint oil relevant to the gastrointestinal tract is a dose-related
antispasmodic effect on the smooth musculature due to the interference of menthol with the movement of calcium
across the cell membrane. The choleretic* and antifoaming effects of peppermint oil may play an additional role
in medicinal use. Peppermint oil is relatively rapidly absorbed after oral administration and eliminated mainly
via the bile."4
*choleretic - promoting bile secretion by the liver
1. J. DORAN, M. R. B. KEIGHLEY,
AND G. D. BELL, Gut, 1979, 20, 312-317
Rowachol - a possible treatment for cholesterol gallstones
2.McKay DL, Blumberg JB., Phytother
Res. 2006 Aug;20(8):619-33
A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.) 3.Grigoleit HG, Grigoleit P.,Phytomedicine.
Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome
4. H.-G. Grigoleit, and P. Grigoleit, Pharmacology and preclinical pharmacokinetics of peppermint oil ,
Johann-Sebastian-Boch-Str. 27, 65193 Weisbaden,Germany
Gallbladder attacks are more commom than you may think. Gallstones affect more than
25 million American (our total population being 310 million in early 2011). One million new cases of gallstones
are diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
removals take place every year in the USA alone, and since the diet of the general American population is not improving,
those numbers are rising.
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