Cayenne or Capsicum spp (Capsicum frutescens and Capsicum annum) is a very useful stimulant, regulating blood flow and helpful to the cardiovascular system. Cayenne may reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation.
Cayenne has traditionally "been used for colic, flatulent dyspepsia, laryngitis (as a gargle), insufficiency of peripheral circulation, and externally for neuralgia including rheumatic pains and unbroken chilblains (as a lotion/ointment)" neuralgia and rheumatic pains. When taken with meals, cayenne stimulates secretion of digestive juices thus aiding digestion.
In herbal combinations, cayenne works as a catalyst increasing the effectiveness of other herbs.
Reduces gas and bloating
Regulates blood flow
Helps cardiovascular system
Children: Suitable for children at one-half the adult dosage.
Pregnancy and Nursing: Considered safe during pregnancy and lactation.
Seniors: No special precautions are known.
This spicy pepper has many health benefits that range from pain relief to the common cold ...
Cayenne is also known as red pepper or hot pepper. Applied topically it is a pain reliever because it activates nerve endings to produce counter-irritation, which distracts the brain from the painful stimuli. It is used for rheumatism, arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid), neuropathies, itching and frostbite. Cayenne increases circulation, both centrally and in the extremities. It does this by activating type "C' neurons.
These neurons increase the contractility of the heart and dilate vessels. Cayenne's circulatory effects are helpful for diabetic circulatory compromise, Meniere's disease, heart disease and low blood pressure. In the stomach cayenne increases blood flow, decreases stomach spasms and causes a minor irritation of the stomach lining. This irritation is actually helpful because it stimulates the secretion of acid-protective mucus, which can heal ulcers.
Cayenne can be purchased as a spice, in the grocery store, for use in cooking. It can also be purchased at the health food store as an encapsulated powder or tincture. The strength of cayenne in the spice aisle is variable and depends on the initial quality of the herb and how long ago it was processed. The active ingredients in cayenne degrade over time. Encapsulated powder or tinctures can be purchased as a standardized product, which assures that active ingredients are in the pepper and that you are taking in the same medicinal amount with each dose. Topically cayenne can be found in creams, salves and rubs, some of which are also standardized.
Cayenne is an eye, wound and mucous membrane irritant so use caution when handling cayenne creams, salves, tinctures or open cayenne capsules. Cayenne decreases blood clotting and should not be used by those who are taking blood thinning medications or aspirin. Because cayenne increases circulation it can adversely affect blood pressure and may decrease the effectiveness of blood pressure medication. Cayenne may also alter the effect of the MAO inhibitor psychiatric drugs.