Brazilian Tea May Beat Aspirin
Tea made from the leaves of the Brazilian Mint plant may be just as effective as common aspirin-style drugs according to a new study performed by researchers at Newcastle University.
Their findings were published in the November 2009 issue of the journal Acta Horticulturae and presented the week of November 23rd, 2009 at the 2nd International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants in New Delhi, India.
Brazilian mint tea is made from the plant Hyptis Crenata which has been used for centuries by Brazilian healers to treat everything from headaches to fevers to flu symptoms.
The researchers began the study by performing a survey in Brazil to ensure they prepared the tea in the traditional Brazilian manner.
They found that the most common method is to boil the dried leaves in water for 30 minutes, then allow the resulting tea to cool before drinking it.
The researchers then fed mice 15mg/kg of the tea, a dose equivalent to that prescribed by traditional Brazilian healers.
They discovered that the Brazilian tea alleviated pain just as effectively as aspirin-style drugs.
Commenting on their findings, the researchers said they were not surprised by the results since more than half of all prescription drugs are based on a molecule that occurs naturally in plants.
They now hope to perform further studies to determine how and why the plant works as a pain reliever and also to ensure that it is just as effective in humans.
This study highlights that often times there are natural remedies that can work just as well as prescription medications. These natural remedies also tend to have fewer side effects; however, it is important to do your research and consult your physician because there are many fraudulent or non-scientifically backed natural remedies on the market.