Dried leaves of Peppermint have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating from about 1000 B.C. Although not recognized for its medicinal value until the early eighteen century, the historical uses of Peppermint is not too different from its uses today in modern herbal medicine. Peppermint is classified as a carminative herb primarily for use as a general digestive aid and in the treatment of indigestion and intestinal colic. Today Peppermint is grown commercially and in gardens throughout Asia, Europe and North America. The Peppermint plant has an antispasmodic effect on the entire digestive system with clinical studies verifying its effectiveness in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
Peppermint is excellent for the digestive system, increasing the flow of digestive juices and bile and serves as a stomach sedative, helping relax the intestinal muscles. It has been used successfully to help reduce colic, intestinal cramps and gas, relief of diarrhea and stomach inflammation and soothe irritable bowels. In comforting the muscles and linings of the colon, relief of spastic colon is often achieved. In addition to its ability to relieve gas, flatulence, bloating and colic, Peppermint is also useful for treating and relieving symptoms of colds caused by wind-heat injuries.
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