Many people on here have mentioned using peppermint oil for their IBS-D. But when I mentioned to my GI doc during an appointment that I'd seen somewhere else that peppermint oil had helped some people,he said to stay away from it because it's a stimulant and would probably make my D worse, but might have helped people who were IBS-C.Any comments? Is peppermint oil really helping that many IBS-D people?And I'm not discounting the good that many treatments can do, but sometimes I wonder how much of it is psychosomatic. Years ago, when I used to take Maalox for the gnawing pain in my gut, it seemed like I started to calm down and feel better right after taking them...because I knew they would make me feel better. Sometimes I got stuck without any, and I would visualize myself taking the Maalox, and the relief it would bring...and it helped! It still wasn't as good as taking it, but it really did calm me down and improve things.I had been eating candy canes around Christmas because they were on sale, then I heard about peppermint oil helping some people...so I tried eating a candy cane sometimes when my guy hurt...and it did seem like it calmed things down just a little. Maybe just associating something with relief can bring some? ...it seemed like simply taking Immodium calmed things down a little before it had time to work, because I was confident that it'd stop the D, which it usually did.Incidentally, that stomach pain I had in jr. high eventually evolved into IBS-D, and I really wish I could just take Lotronex again!I don't remember seeing any recent threads dealing specifically with this, but I apologize if I'm being repetitive.