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A spoonful of peppermint helps the meal go down

Some people have difficulty swallowing liquid or solid foods, and the non-cardiac chest pain that can accompany it. Peppermint oil relaxes the smooth muscle that lines the esophagus, and doctors wanted to test its effect on this condition, called dysphagia.

In this study, 38 people with dysphagia and/or non-cardiac chest pain took two dissolvable peppermint oil tablets before meals and as needed for chest pain.

Of those with both symptoms, 73 percent reported feeling better. Among those with just non-cardiac chest pain, 63 percent improved, and those only with difficulty swallowing, 53 percent improved. Those with the severest symptoms improved most. 

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