Do you often feel pain in your chest though you have no cardiac issues? Do you find yourself in situations wherein you have to make an effort to swallow the chewed up stuff in your mouth? May be all that you need is a spoonful of peppermint oil to get relief from these symptoms.
Peppermint oil has muscle relaxing properties. It has been already found effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
Now, a research article published in the journal, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, says due to these properties, the oil may help ease symptoms like non-cardiac chest pain and difficulty in swallowing by relaxing the smooth muscle in the lower oesophagus.
The article is based on a pilot study conducted by a research team at the Medical University of South Carolina. The study involved 38 patients from the Oesophageal Disorders Clinic.
These patients were given peppermint oil tablets before their meals. The study found that 73% of the patients who had both non-cardiac chest pain and difficulty in swallowing felt better after the meals. While 63% of the patients who had the symptom of chest pain reported they felt better while 53% of those who had difficulty swallowing said so.
Unlike other complex drugs, peppermint oil can be freely consumed as symptoms occur.
Lead author of the article Mohamed Khalaf, M.D. says: “In this study, patients who had experienced difficulty swallowing took two pieces of a commercially available peppermint right before meals. Those with chest pain took the peppermint tablets as needed.”
So, people suffering from these symptoms can treat themselves the herbal way.