ALTERNATIVES: Sweet on peppermint

February 2005 
Volume 35  Number 2
Pages 76 - 76
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  • Various forms and dosages

  • Adverse reactions

  • Drug interactions

  • Contraindications and precautions

  • Patient-teaching tips

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    ACCORDING TO THE RECENT Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of complementary and alternative medicine, peppermint is one of the top 10 natural products people take. They use this popular medicinal and commercial mint as an anesthetic, antiemetic, antiflatulent, antiseptic, aromatic, diaphoretic, digestive aid, flavoring agent, and stimulant. Peppermint's antiflatulent and antispasmodic activities have been used for abdominal pain, colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and indigestion.

    Most of peppermint's pharmacologic activity is caused by menthol, which in concentrations of 0.1% to 1% depresses sensory cutaneous receptors and alleviates itching ...

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