Peppermint Good For Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Says Study!
A new study by the researchers at University of Adelaide has shown that peppermint can relieve the pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome. It does this by activating an anti-pain channel in the large intestine.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a digestive system disorder characterized by bloating, abdominal pain constipation, cramping and diarrhea. One in five Americans is affected by this condition. About 20% of the adult population is affected.
According to Dr Stuart Brierley, this is the first study that shows an evidence of the pain relieving properties of peppermint, although several naturopaths have been prescribing it for many years.
This current study proves that the leaves of this medicinal plant activate TRPM8, the anti-pain channel which in turn decreases the pain sensing fibers, especially the ones activated after eating chilli and mustard.
IBS does not have a cure but can be avoided by taking some precautionary measures such as not drinking contaminated water (can lead to gastroenteritis which can lead to IBS) and reducing the consumption of alcohol, coffee and spicy foods.