Peppermint tea for bowel complaints

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Just a brief update as i posted up about this subject earlier on last week, I am continuing with having a couple of cups of the PG Tips pyramid bags of peppermint tea, as they seem to be the best quality ones, £1 for 20 from Asda, I have diverticular desiese, prolapsed bowel and really chronic IBS most probably resultantly and have tried aloe vera, silicol gel, and various other products on the market with no effect but find keeping up a couple of regular cups of the peppermint really does help, I regularly, without the tea, visit the loo up to 24 times a day, and usually daily about 16 plus, this is no joke nor exaggeration on my part so you can understand how greatful I am to a good quality peppermint tea as this seems to keep it down to about 6 to 8 provided I keep it up, two or three a day, I don't know if this helps anyone, as I say I have posted before but thought some of you would be interested to know I am still improving on this regime, I'm a big coffee drinker and don't have the inclination to give it up as I really enjoy it but substituting a couple with the tea is really really beneficial, but use PG Tips as the pyramid bags circulate better than standard, theirs are stronger in any case and have  a little string so its a piece of cake to leave the bag in the cup for even more strength, goodness!!  - I sound like an advertisement, sorry!!  But they are really good!

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    Do you work for PG Tips or Asda! Haha, just kidding, glad it's working for you 😃
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      Ha ha,no niether as it happens but yes I can really recommend it, I tried Twinnings but they were really wishy washy, which is why I am going on endlessly about PG Tips as it quite surprised me, pleasantly, the difference in quality/strength, with best wishes, Fiona
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      Incidentally, if you can't bear it plain, do like me and have some milk and a natural sweetner like agave nectar in it, I know I'd probably be criticised for not being strictly 'by the book' but its the only way I can stomach it as I have half a cow in absolutely everything, but do opt for the agave nectar as its so much better for you than sugar, Fiona
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    I'm glad you have had luck with the peppermint! I have IBS and peppermint actually makes it worse. I have however had really great luck with ginger, both in the form of tummy pops and gum. 
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      Hi, its very strange, and I have come to the conclusion that its a very individual thing and what works for one doesn't for another, I tried peppermint tea off and on for a long time and had no success, but I can't stress enough, you need a quality brand like PG Tips as I believe its actually purer, but its up to you, if you found it didn't work before maybe you don't want to go through it again, which I fully understand, I also got in some ginger and lemon tea but found it overstimulated my bowel, and have had no luck with aloe vera juice, it caused bad diarrhoea, and on another level altogether silicol gel made me uncomfortably constipated!!  Oh dear me, but I am pleased you find the ginger works, its good that people post up what helps them on here as at least that way people can find out different things to try even if they don't always work, with best wishes, Fiona
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      I had no luck with aloe vera either, though I have a friend with IBS, she swears by it and it works for her. With me, tea in general aggravates my IBS, it doesn't matter what the kind is, how expensive, how cheap, etc. It always amazes me how there are so many different things that work for so many different people. Which is why doctors have a hard time with making recommendations because they try to stick to a "one size fits all" kind of treatment plan which is never the case 
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      Oh absolutely, I had prolapsed bowel and all the tests did not show the extent of it, went on suffering greatly for a full year, then after much rankling from me agreed to do a hands on, apologised profusely said your fully prolapsed, immediate surgery arranged, but it didn't help only very marginally, and i've had four years of the medics being completely baffled as to why I'm so frequent so they are really up against it as obviuosly I keep complaining as its rough, you know, so I understand the problems, you only have to read posts on here, don't you really? x
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    No...it hasn`t helped me really...I have been on it for a long time...!!
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    Yep I agree ... Tried all sorts but regular strong peppermint tea really helps and also my dreamland heat pad which I use all the time to help with pain x
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      Mind if I ask what a Dreamland heat pad is? I go back and forth between Sunbeam and Soft Heat, and I am not crazy about either with the new designs. I'm to the point where I might just by a micro plush electric blanket, lol. 
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    I like peppermint tea too and I find it helps. To get a stronger dose of peppermint, take the peppermint tablets/pills, as I find these give relief within 30 minutes of an attack. I belive ginger can help some - but I have had no luck there. There are many herbs that can help and there are good books on this topic.

    I avoid fatty meats which trigger most of my attacks. 

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