Peppermint As A Potent Treatment For Oesophageal Disorders, Study Suggests


Peppermint reminds us of gums and the candies, doesn’t it? But, if you have been suffering from oesophageal disorders, this can definitely be of amazing help for you. This essential oil is more than just being effective for calming down your insides but help get the food down too.

A new study (R) conducted by the researchers from Medical University of South Carolina found that when treated with the peppermint oil, 63% of the patients suffering from oesophageal disorders and pain while swallowing food a lot better and much better relief from the pain altogether.

This is what is paving way for posing peppermint as a first line treatment because of the fact that the same has been found to be quite effective treating over 83% of patients suffering from spastic disorders of the oesophagus and they did report to be feeling a lot better. Additionally, it has been found to have very less side effects as well, further solidifying this as a potent treatment option.

If you have been feeling a sharp shooting pain while swallowing the food and followed by pain around in the chest region, chances are that you are suffering from problems with your oesophagus. It is best suggested to consult a doctor for the condition because the repercussions of the same can definitely be a lot hectic to bear.

Peppermint has been found to be very helpful in preventing the problems associated with the swallowing along with the non-cardiac chest pain which several patient experiences because of the oesophageal disorders.

For conducting this study, around 38 patients were enrolled under the Medical University of South Carolina pilot study with the peppermint oil. Out of them all, around 63% of the total patients reported improved signs and symptoms related to the condition even more so.

Mohamed Khalaf, M.D., an esophageal disorders research fellow at the MUSC Health Digestive Disease Center, who is also the first author of the study, stated that the peppermint oil is an established agent in the treatment of one of the issues like irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, the main aim of the researchers was to find away better impacts of the same in helping the patients suffering from experiencing pain while swallowing as well as the accessory chest pain that accompanies the condition.

Donald O. Castell, M.D., a professor emeritus in the MUSC College of Medicine, a nationally recognized gastroenterologist, who is also the senior author of the study, stated saying that their findings suggest that peppermint may be a good option for the treatment of these conditions, especially because of the fact that it helps prevent it by relaxing the smooth muscles around in the lower oesophagus.

It is not the first time that the efficacy of the peppermint oil for muscle relaxing properties have been brought into light. It does help beneficial and multiple therapeutic properties, thus helping get rid of the issues that concern many people’s health. Only two prior studies have been found in these regards and this specific one is believed to be a breakthrough in this prospect even more so.

The MUSC pilot study did observe that the patients who took the peppermint oil tablet reported to be feeling better in comparison to the ones who didn’t. The benefits were spread across providing with the best of results for both the patients suffering from non-cardiac chest pain as well as the ones who experienced problems with swallowing the consumed food.

Out of all the participants, around 73% of them did report to be feeling better after consuming the same. The patients who suffered through the chest pain experienced better results as the peppermint was able to get rid of the pain for good. Around 63% of the patients had successful results in regards to that while 53% of the patients reported to have a better take at swallowing the food.

Additionally, the results from this study were found to be quite better for the patients suffering from spastic oesophageal disorders. In this condition, the oesophagus undergoes painful spasms which have been found to hinder with the process of eating altogether. Given the lesser frequency of the condition, it is often hard to diagnose this condition altogether. Amidst the patients suffering from this condition, around 83% of the patients reported to be feeling better.

Instead of the medications, opting for peppermint does seem like a better option which provides with a first line of defense, especially for the patients who are experiencing intermittent symptoms.

Addressing the study, Khalaf suggested saying that in this study, the patients who ended up feeling difficulty with the process of swallowing took two pieces of the available peppermint which were available in the market right before the meals. The ones who experienced chest pain took them as per their requirements.

This specific study is believed to be based around the effects of the Charleston Approach which highlights the treatment approach with an agenda of “start low and go slow”.

The only prospect that both Castell as well as Khalaf highlight is the fact that each one of the patient needs to undergo the necessary range of diagnosis before they start taking the peppermint supplements. They need to get a clear suggesting they have no issues with their heart or even get an endoscopy done to rule out the possibilities of other diseases.

While everything did turn out to work out in the favour of treating the oesophageal disorders, the only drawback of the study is the fact that the researchers failed to recognize the exact amount of dosage required for this condition. Yet another one was the fact that everything was based around on self reporting by the patients in terms of getting their symptoms improved a lot.

The preliminary findings of the study did find them to be quite promising. The only thing that does need confirmation is the fact that does compare outcome in the patients suffering from the oesophageal disorders. The accessibility of the same is what is helpful in every prospect altogether, reducing the risks associated with the condition even more so.