The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Peppermint oil is “probably effective”

    No consistent, good-quality patient-oriented evidence is available on peppermint oil (Mentha piperita). So, the authors based their conclusions on the criteria in the strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT).

    SORT is a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature.

    • A-level: Consistent and good-quality patient-oriented evidence
    • B-level: Inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence
    • C-level: Consensus, usual practice, opinion, disease-oriented evidence, or case series for studies of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or screening.

    Peppermint oil is “probably effective” (B-Level) for the following conditions.

    • Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
    • Non-ulcer dyspepsia (indigestion)
    • Reducing spasm during gastrointestinal procedures
    • Tension headache

    You can read the doses and safety considerations. But even the recommended doses of peppermint oil should not be used in infants, very young children, or women who are pregnant or lactating.

    4/21/07 13:11 JR

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