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Peppermint oil has been tested for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Nine randomized placebo-controlled studies have found peppermint oil to be a safe and effective treatment for IBS when compared to medications that carried significant costs and side effects.

Taking a few peppermint oil capsules four hours before a colonoscopy has been shown to reduce colon spasm, which in turn reduces patient pain and discomfort and makes the scope easier to insert and withdraw.

Some reported effects of mint usage appear to be due to the placebo effect, so it is important to consult with a reliable source of information before purchasing mint products or essential oils for personal use.

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