Menthol has been used to help treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments. For example, menthol can prevent or treat gas and bloating, making it a potential assistive treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and colic, says the University of Michigan Health System. Menthol can also be applied topically to help to relieve itching and inflammation due to contact dermatitis and hives. Topical menthol also helps to relieve headaches, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. Additionally, people have taken menthol orally to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu and other respiratory ailments. No widely-accepted, conclusive scientific evidence supports the use of menthol in treating any medical condition, however.
Menthol acts as a carminative, meaning that it prevents and treats gas in the intestines. Menthol also relaxes the intestinal muscles and prevents spasms. Additionally, menthol has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory actions, notes the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Menthol’s potential use in treating respiratory conditions stems from its ability to dilate the bronchioles, says the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Menthol’s use in treating colds, flu and bronchitis is also related to its expectorant actions, which involves thinning and loosening mucous congestion.
You can use extracted menthol or take it in the form of peppermint, eucalyptus or pennyroyal concoctions. Straight menthol for pain and inflammation is applied topically in the form of a cream, ointment or skin patch, says the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. You might also apply peppermint, eucalyptus or pennyroyal oils to the affected skin areas for analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. To achieve the desired effects, any herbal creams or ointments should contain 1 to 16 percent menthol, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.
To treat gastrointestinal ailments, you can take menthol in the form of a peppermint tea, capsule or tincture. To make a tea, steep 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, and drink three to four cups per day, says the University of Michigan Health System. Ask your physician about the correct application and dosage of menthol or herbs containing menthol before using them.
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