A new study by researchers at Newcastle University has found that Brazilian mint tea has pain relieving properties. The team led by researcher Graciela Rocha found in a mice study that when used as tea the Brazilian mint was able to function in a manner akin to aspirin-style drug Indometacin.
"Since humans first walked the earth we have looked to plants to provide a cure for our ailments - in fact it is estimated more than 50,000 plants are used worldwide for medicinal purposes," Graciela said. "What we have done is to take a plant that is widely used to safely treat pain and scientifically proven that it works as well as some synthetic drugs. Now the next step is to find out how and why the plant works."
The study details were presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants in New Delhi, India. The researchers are planning to launch a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of the mint in humans as well.