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January 1997 Issue

Peppermint Oil and Tea Best for Nose and Stomach, Not Lungs

Q. I heard that peppermint may be of help in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because it reduces mucus formation. Is this true? A. There is some truth to the claim that peppermint reduces mucus. But the herb is not effective for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung condition that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes and makes breathing difficult. A German health commission called Commission E -- whose findings

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