PEPPERMINT OIL CAPSULES - Enteric Coated
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 Oil
Major Known ingredients in peppermint include the terpenes: menthol, menthone, camphene, limonene, pinene and others.
Studies have been done using all of the listed terpenes for the dissolution of gallstones.
Botanical perspectives on health peppermint: more than just an after-dinner mint
LI Spirling, IR Daniels - The journal of the Royal Society for the …, 2001 - rsh.sagepub.com
... It can be used safely for years at a time to aid the dissolution of gallstones (Sommerville et al, 1985
Separate studies have been conducted using limonene. Studies on a European proprietary choleretic, including pinene, menthone and methol 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 stones."2
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. 2005 Aug;12(8):601-6.Links
Peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome
4. H.-G. Grigoleit, and P. Grigoleit, Pharmacology and preclinical pharmacokinetics of peppermint oil ,
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