May 30, 2016

Japanese Mint

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What other names is Japanese Mint known by?

American Corn Mint, Brook Mint, Canadian Mint, Chinese Mint, Chinese Mint Oil, Corn Mint, Cornmint Oil, Field Mint Oil, Huile de Menthe, Huile de Menthe des Champs, Japanese Oil of Peppermint, Menta Japonesa, Mentha Arvensis Aetheroleum, Mentha arvensis var. piperascens, Mentha canadensis, Menthe du Canada, Menthe des Champs, Menthe Japonaise, Mint Oil, Minzol, Poleo, Pudina, Putiha.

What is Japanese Mint?

Japanese mint is a plant. The oil is removed from the parts that grow above the ground and used to make medicine.

Japanese mint oil is used for various digestive complaints including poor appetite, gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, gallstones, liver problems, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

It is also used for respiratory tract problems including common cold, cough, bronchitis, and sore mouth and throat.

Other uses include treatment of fever, pain, spasms, headaches, toothaches, cramps, earache, tumors, sores, cancer, heart problems, breathing difficulties, tendency toward infection, and sensitivity to weather changes.

Some people use Japanese mint as a stimulant, a germ-killer, or a pain-killer.

Japanese mint is applied directly to the skin for muscle pain, nerve pain, itchiness, and hives.

When inhaled, Japanese mint is used for swelling of the lining of the upper respiratory tract. Japanese mint oil contains up to 95% menthol.

In manufacturing, Japanese mint is also used as a fragrance in toothpaste, mouthwash, gargles, soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Commercially it is used as a source of menthol.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Mouth inflammation.
  • Joint and muscle pain.
  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Tendency to infection.
  • Nausea.
  • Sore throat.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headaches.
  • Toothaches.
  • Cramps.
  • Earache.
  • Tumors.
  • Sores.
  • Cancer.
  • Heart problems.
  • Sensitivity to weather changes.
  • Intestinal gas (flatulence).
  • Muscular pain (myalgia).
  • Nerve pain.
  • Itching, when applied to the skin.
  • Hives, when applied to the skin.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the airways such as bronchitis, when inhaled.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Japanese mint for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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