Study: Natural peppermint oil helps against many diseases
Many people suffer from dysphagia and nonspecific chest pain. A recent study shows how natural peppermint oil can alleviate these symptoms if they are not associated with heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Medicine of South Carolina (MUSC) recently investigated whether peppermint oil can be used to alleviate the symptoms associated with dysphagia and non-cardiac chest pain. The research team was able to show that in 63% of the cases examined the symptoms improved. The results were recently presented in the journal "Digestive Diseases & Sciences".
New medicinal use of peppermint oil
As the researchers report, the muscle relaxation properties of peppermint have a therapeutic effect on several diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. However, the effects on the upper digestive tract have so far only been studied sparingly. The team around Professor Donald O. Castell has conducted a pilot study to investigate the extent to which peppermint oil can be used to combat dysphagia and nonspecific chest pain.
Relaxed esophageal muscles thanks to peppermint
"Our results suggest that peppermint can prevent these symptoms by relaxing the muscles of the lower esophagus," explains Dr. med. Donald O. Castell in a press release on the results of the study. Almost two of the three patients who took mint oil tablets before eating showed an improvement in their symptoms. In those suffering from spasms in the esophagus, the effect of peppermint oil was more pronounced. 83 percent of the subjects said they felt better.
New alternative for strong drugs
Esophageal spasms and nonspecific chest pain are difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. Many medications are often used to treat these symptoms, including antidepressants and calcium channel blockers, in the hope that a drug works. "Peppermint offers an attractive first alternative for patients experiencing occasional symptoms," says study author Dr Mohamed Khalaf. People with chest pain and difficulty swallowing could simply take the peppermint tablets as needed.
First, cardiovascular disease should be ruled out
Castell and Khalaf warn that patients should first be examined by a physician to rule out potential heart disease as a cause before using pepper for treatment. As the study is a pilot study, exact dosages are not yet known. In addition, in another study, the comparison with a placebo should be made.
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Until official results are available, the study's authors suggest that people with spastic diseases should use peppermints in their esophagus if they do not have heart disease. "Given the low side effects, low cost and wide availability, there is no risk of using mint oil," Khalaf sums up. For more information read the article: Mint – Species, Effect and Application. (Vb)