I wanted to share this to help others. Firstly i have suffered constipation and bloating for about 20 years and for 10 years have taken laxatives to go. I started with Senna and then when they stopped working went onto dulcolax liquid until recently even that didnt work too well. Basically i suspect i have a slow gut. Anyway I now take the odd glycerine depository instead but in the last 2 to 3 weeks i have started taking 50mg Sertraline or zoloft. I used to take this anti depressant some time ago and noticed it helped just a little bit and i found it a little easier to go to the toilet. Thats why i am taking it again. However at the same time i discovered Colpermine peppermint oil capsules and gradually over the last fortnight i have been going to the toilet naturally... still not often but its a far cry from never going at all. So maybe there is hope in peppermint oil for some people.
Peppermint oil: I wanted to share this to help... - IBS Network
Hello. I have found drinking Aloe Vera 500mls very helpful and I like the taste. I get the bottles from Tesco its labelled Sun Crest. I have also been taking Turmeric with black pepper capsules from Holland and Barratt. Its important to get the one with the pepper included as it works better (I am told).
I had noticed that when my guts didn't feel right that an Indian or spicy food eased it so I was not surprised that Turmeric works for me. I think that having had some abdominal surgery some years ago have resulted in a slow bowel movement. However stress does have an impact. I had a very stressful job for years and have a very busy life with lots of demand on me. I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist now (less stressful) amongst other things and am fully aware of the mind body connection. I think that trying to be all things to all people especially within the family makes me feel guilty when the days and weeks are not long enough to meet every ones needs.
Certainly with the Turmeric and Aloe Vera I have got a lot of my life back and ventured on holiday.
Hope this helps - its trial and error for most of us.
When I get an IBS flair up, I always turn to Colpermin, and most of the time it works for me. I find it just as good, if not better than prescription meds for IBS. Pleasant to take too, if you like the taste of peppermint.