Sunday, November 16, 2008

Peppermint oil, older drugs help treat IBS: review

From CBC News:
Older treatments for irritable bowel syndrome like peppermint oil safely help ease symptoms and should be used, a review suggests.

IBS is characterized by abdominal pain and discomfort accompanied by changes in bowel function, diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both, typically over months or years.

It is estimated to affect 13 to 20 per cent of Canadians, according to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.

In Canada and most western nations, IBS occurs more often in women. It can occur at any age, but often begins in adolescence or early adulthood. ...more

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