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Chili Pepper Against your Arthritis Pain

Biological Description

Cayenne pepper or commonly known as red pepper is perhaps one of the best known and recognized herb nowadays. Mainly this is due to its culinary benefits. But its medical properties have been also in usage for thousand of years. One more its famous name is Chili pepper. Others are Chilliepin, Bird's Beak, Guinea Pepper, and Mad Pepper.

Red pepper comes from the fruit of Capsicum frutescens, from the family Solanaceae. Perennial plants of this species have usually branching stem with dark green leaves and white little flowers. Berries look like pods and differ in size and shape. They can be deep red, red, yellow red, yellow and even green in color. For cayenne pepper small slender red pods are usually used. The taste and smell of the berries is strong and pungent. The plant is generally 50 cm in height. Some varieties grow higher, some are smaller.  


Capsicum frutescens prefer warm and moist soil in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Pepper needs approximately six to eight weeks to mature.

It is native to South America, but nowadays is grown in some other states of America, India, Africa, and Mexico.

Parts Used

For Cayenne pepper generally deep red, red or yellow red berries of the fruit of Capsicum frutescens are used.

Cayenne pepper in most cases is available in the form of dried herb. The best way to find the quality product is to explore the market and look for the fresh and organically grown plant (this becomes very important when we are speaking of medical usage and value of the herb). It should be stored away from air and direct sunlight.

For arthritis relief benefits Cayenne pepper is available on the market in the following forms: fresh dried form, ointments, plaster, cayenne powder, poultice, creams with cayenne pepper (usually called Capsicum creams).


Cayenne contains many constituents that act in favor of different health issues and have been shown antioxidant, tonic, pain relieving, thermogenic and other properties. Cayenne is mainly used for its chemical called capsaicin. Peppers actually are measured according to the content of this chemical: generally more capsaicin is in pepper – more it is heat. Other important constituents are carotenoids, dietary fiber and manganese. Cayenne Pepper contains also vitamins E, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

Health Benefits

Cayenne pepper is shown to be rather effective for treating arthritic pains and rheumatism. The way of working is pretty simple. You apply the pepper on your skin (rubbed on the skin in ointment, powder or some other form) where your joints or muscles ache, it will start warm your skin up, nearly burn, as it causes irritation to that area. With this effect (that is called irritant, or better yet, counter-irritant) you won’t feel the pain you want to get rid of; the irritation will distract the nerves from the source of original pain. This will also trigger your body to release endorphins, which generally work the same way – calming down your pain.

Creams and ointments are more effective and easier in usage. You can just buy cream and ointment or make it by your hands: add a few drops of cayenne pepper tincture to an ointment, or any other cream (but pay attention to a proper dosage and increase it very gradually, as the effect could be rather shocking). Don’t forget to test it first, as you may be very sensitive to such a treatment.

Cayenne pepper has been long used as a pain killer in many different cultures, now we can also look not only for its culinary usage, but rather health benefits of this herb.

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nancy nurse
2010-10-23 13:41:58
My patients said it helped their arthritis pain.

Test first---One woman used an -over the counter cream- with Capsicum. Had a very bad allergic reaction and went to emergency room.

Make sure to wear thick rubber gloves or your hands will burn.
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