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The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
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Beware of Dog Bites
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Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
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Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
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Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
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Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
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The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
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Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
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Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
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Eating your way to Good Health
The Raw Food Diet
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
EYE CARE, VISION
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) -- An herb called Brazilian mint treats pain as effectively as some synthetic drugs, English researchers report.

Traditional healers in Brazil have long used the herb Hyptis crenata to treat a range of health problems, including headaches, stomach pain, fever and flu. This study is the first to scientifically prove the pain-relieving properties of Brazilian mint.

In experiments with mice, the Newcastle University researchers found that Brazilian mint tea (the traditional way of administering the medicine) was as effective at relieving pain as a synthetic aspirin-style drug called Indomethacin.

The study was presented Nov. 24 at a conference in India in advance of publication in an upcoming issue of the journal Acta Horticulturae.

"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," study leader Graciela Rocha said in a university news release.

She and her colleagues plan to launch clinical trials to assess Brazilian mint's pain relief qualities in people.

More information

The National Pain Foundation has more about alternative and complementary pain therapies.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Newcastle University, news release, Nov. 24, 2009