Peppermint oil for irritable bowel syndrome: a critical review and metaanalysis


Abstract:  Peppermint oil is the major constituent of several over-the-counter remedies for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As the etiology of IBS is not known and treatment is symptomatic, there is a ready market for such products. However, evidence to support their use is sparse. The aim of this study was to review the clinical trials of extracts of peppermint (Mentha X piperita L.) as a symptomatic treatment for IBS.


American Journal of Gastroenterology


93(7) 1131-1135, 1998

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Journal Article


Pittler, M.H., Ernst, E.