A new study on the benefits of mint tea suggests that a cup of Brazilian mint tea has the same pain-relieving properties as analgesics that are commercially available. As you might infer from some headlines, we’re not talking about normal mint tea here, but rather the Brazilian plant, Hyptis Crenata. see post
A Newcastle University team has scientifically proven that this humble plant truly has pain-relieving properties, prescribed by Brazilian healers for centuries to treat conditions as diverse as headaches and stomach pain to things such as fever and flu.
The Newcastle team conducted a survey in Brazil to see how the drug is usually prepared and how much should be used in order to mimic the traditional treatment as closely as they could.
A decoction most often involves boiling the dried leaves for half an hour in water , allowing the liquid to cool before drinking it.
On mice, the team then used the traditional preparation. When the mint was given to the mice at a dose equal to those prescribed by traditional healers as a tea, the preparation was as effective as a synthetic aspirin-style drug known as Indometacin in relieving pain.
Lead researcher Graciela Rocha, a Brazilian native who recalls being given mint tea as a child, said: “We have looked at plants since humans first walked the Earth to provide a cure for our diseases-in fact, more than 50,000 plants are estimated to be used for medicinal purposes worldwide.”
More than half of all prescription drugs are based on a molecule that occurs naturally in a plant in addition to traditional use. What we have done is take a plant that is widely used to treat pain safely and it works as well as some synthetic drugs scientifically proven.
“Now the next step is to figure out how the plant works and why.”
It’s more like a sage than what we might recognise as a mint flavour as far as the taste of the tea is concerned. Probably not the easiest to get down for most of us, but then it provides a natural pain reliever so it could be worth the taste.
This research will be presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants in New Delhi , India, and will be published in Acta Horticulturae, a journal of society.
The next step will be clinical trials to evaluate the mint ‘s efficacy as pain relief for people. And it is important to note that this is not the first time a plant has been the basis of some breakthrough drug. Do you remember aspirin and digoxin?
Chronic pain takes control of your life, and regaining that control and living with your pain is a big part of pain management.