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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    Review: Peppermint (Manta piperita)

    It’s a popular herb used in many forms (ie, oil, leaf, leaf extract, and leaf water).

    Researchers at the San Diego-Rady Children’s Hospital, in California, compiled what’s known.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Peppermint oil has the most uses.
      • Data on the oil are considered relevant to the leaf extract formulations as well.
      • Topical preparations are used to calm pruritus and relieve irritation and inflammation.
    • Uses for flavoring and fragrance
      • Cosmeceuticals
      • Personal hygiene products
      • Foods
      • Pharmaceutical products
    • Characteristics
      • A fresh sharp menthol odor and a pungent taste followed by a cooling sensation.
    • Sensitivity
      • Frequent application to impaired skin may contribute to sensitization.
      • Many allergic contact dermatitis reactions to peppermint oil have been reported.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Although peppermint oil is known for its many properties, its role as a sensitizer should be recognized so as to aid in the diagnosis of both dermatitis and oral conditions and to allow the initiation of proper avoidance measures.”

    If you’re interested, a very detailed review, a bit dated, is here.

    4/10/11 22:48 JR

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