Chili peppers belong to the Capsicum family and are nature’s treatment for pain and other ills. The chemical that gives this fruit its fiery bite is called capsaicin, and is an active ingredient in many pain relieving therapies. Capsaicin is a totally natural substance, has no reported adverse side effects.
Capsicums are used in a variety of food dishes to add “bite”, color and taste. Many of us can’t resist the endorphin rush we get when spicy foods. But, chili peppers add more than just flavor and heat to food, they also have health benefits too.
Traditional allopathic pain relieving medications are toxic in the long term and also expensive. Capsaicin is a non-toxic alternative to steroid and non-steroidal pain medication. There are also no harmful side effects, such as liver or kidney damage, so typical of many pharmaceutical painkillers.
The hotness of chili peppers overloads the pain pathways, bringing relief to the affected area. Capsaicin causes the depletion of the neurotransmitters in neurons and reduces the ability of neurons to transmit pain.
For pain relieve, Capsaicin is available as a cream or ointment, and also as a patch or bandage that you can wear, in some cases, up to a week to relieve intense pain. A mild burning sensation or itching may be experienced after using capsaicin treatments Use as instructed or in accordance with instructions from doctor or chemist.
Eating chili peppers can alleviate stomach problems because capsaicin fights bacteria causing stomach infections and diarrhea.
The capsaicin in chili peppers may reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. It may also help to prevent the hardening of artery walls. Emphysema treatment can be enhanced by capsaicin, and asthma medications are available that work better than steroid-based treatments.
Chili peppers should be eaten in moderation, especially when experiencing stomach ailments and ulcers have been reported in cases of capsaicin overdose.
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