Cayenne ~ Healing Herbs
This healing herb is actually a shrub, that grows in sub-tropical and tropical climates.
The plant is native to tropical areas of America and is cultivated throughout the world in tropic and sub-tropic climate zones.
Other species of this genus include Tabasco peppers, African peppers, Mexican chili peppers, bell peppers, pimentos, paprika and bird peppers.
This healing herb is often referred to as chili, which is the Aztec name for this pepper.
The pepper is a very hot red powder used to flavor dishes, its name comes from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana.
For centuries, this pepper has been used both as a spice for foods in many cultures around the world and as a traditional medicine, especially by Native Americans.
Native Americans have used this healing herb as a food and as a medicine for stomach aches, cramping pains, gas, and disorders of the circulatory system for 9,000 years.
Capsaicin is the most active ingredient in cayenne.
Capsaicin depletes substance "P", a chemical that sends pain signals to the brain from the local nervous system.
Substance "P" is believed to be the primary chemical mediator of pain impulses from the periphery to the brain.
When there's a lack of substance "P", the sensation of pain diminishes because it can't reach the brain.
Capsaicin also stimulates circulation and alters body temperature.
This substance also has proven to activate inflammatory mediators in psoriasis and the cream is able to reduce the scaling, redness, and thickness of the lesions.
Other constituents of this healing herb are vitamin-C, vitamin-E and carotenoids.
This healing herb has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, and diaphoretic properties.
It's used worldwide to treat a variety of health conditions, including weak digestion, chronic pain, shingles, heart disease, sore throats, headaches, high cholesterol levels, poor
circulation, and toothache.
Capsaicin in this herb has very powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the surface of the skin.
Applied topically, the cream eases pain by providing diversionary discomfort and by depleting the body's supply of substance "P".
External preparations are used to reduce arthritic pain and inflammation and to relieve symptoms of bursitis, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy and nerve pain that often follows shingles.
Cayenne cream or ointment is particularly effective in easing the joint discomfort of arthritis.
Applying the cream to irritated areas may help psoriasis sufferers.
This healing herb is the most useful of the systemic stimulants.
It stimulates blood flow, strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries and nerves.
As well, it has a revitalizing effect on both the mind and body, dispelling tiredness, lethargy and depression, mainly by opening passageways and dilating blood vessels.
It also may reduce the risk of heart attacks.
It's been shown to lower cholesterol levels and the risk of blood clots.
Dosage & Administration
This healing herb is available in capsule and liquid form for internal use.
For external use, there are a variety of creams and gels containing 0.025% to 0.075% capsaicin.
Capsaicin cream may be applied directly to the affected area three or four times for two to three weeks before the effects are felt, to treat shingles, psoriasis, arthritis, or toothache.
Capsaicin may be taken in capsules (30 to 120 mg., three times daily), or as an infusion (a tea) by adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of powder to a cup of boiling water, to treat digestive problems.
To ease gas and stomach cramps or to help promote digestion, a tea (tincture) may be made by adding 1/4 tsp of cayenne to 1 cup of hot water.
Chewing on a hot pepper may provide temporary relief from toothache.
Cayenne should not be used by children under two years of age.
Topical ointments should not be used for more than two consecutive days in children.
Capsaicin cream may cause an itching, burning sensation on the skin, but these symptoms tend to subside quickly.
Capsaicin capsules may cause stomach irritation.
Applying too much cayenne cream may produce coughing, sneezing, teary eyes and a scratchy throat.
Large internal doses may produce vomiting and/or stomach pain.
Using capsaicin cream on the skin may increase the risk of cough associated with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
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