ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
CAREGIVING
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
EYE CARE, VISION
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
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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