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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.
 
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ATP,I drink a tea called Sleepy Time. It's a chammomille tea with peppermint and spearmint in it. I have a cup in the morning and then at night. At night it relaxes me and calms me down so I can sleep. It also helps with my stomach cramps. I'm a C&D so I know how you feel. Good Luck!
 

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I have taken peppermint oil capsules during times of IBS-D flare ups. It always seem to help me. It is supposed to calm the spasms, or something similar to that. The capsule form is good for "gut" troubles, as they do not dissolve until further down your GI track. (I have heard of people swallowing spoonfuls of peppermint oil and having unplesant burning sensations). If my tummy is "irritable" (as you probably know can sometimes happen with IBS), I always suck on a pice of peppermint candy or drink peppermint tea. Always makes my tummy calm down. (Peppermint aids in digestion, so I eat one sometimes aftrer a big meal to get things rolling. Big meal don't always sit well with me...) I never go anywhere without a few peppermints in my purse, so you can say I am a VERY firm believer in their effect.I hope this helps you some. As with all things, though, people react differently to different things. Maybe something as simple as peppermint may help you as much as it has me.Aimee Lashlee
 
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