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Herbs: Capsicum (Cayenne)


COMMON NAME: cayenne, red pepper
GENUS & SPECIES: Capsicum var.
FAMILY: Solanaceae
HABITAT: tropical American origin-->India and Africa
VARIETIES: hundreds, all the hot ones are medicinal

MEDICINAL ACTIONS:
--circulatory stimulant, tonic
--carminative
--spasmolytic
--diaphoretic
--antiseptic
--rubefacient
--counter irritant
--"classic diffusive" in Thomsonian medicine dt diffusion throughout organism, stim where shortage, relax where blockage, bring sys to balance, weakest to strongest: zingiber, zanthoxylum, lobelia inflata, capsicum

PART USED: fruit

CONSTITUENTS:
--capsaicin (.1-1.5%) a pure stimulant, forceful, long lasting, spreading effect, circ and nerves tonified, increased force of pulse
--carotenoids, capsanthin, capsorubin, carotene, ascorbic acid (.1-.5%), tocopherols
--steroidal saponins (capsicidins) in seeds & root

PHARMACOLOGY:
--capsaicin relieves pain and itching by stimulating release of neurotransmitter (substance P) from C-fiber afferent neurons, leading to their depletion, temporarily stopping transmission of pain signals. Administer 4x daily for 7 days, depletion occurs at 3-10 days, continue applications 3x daily to perpetuate analgesic effect.

INDICATIONS:
--needs stimulation
--flatulence
--low appetite or urination
--phlegmatic disorders, paralysis, stomach atony
--stim internal organs esp when congested, weakened
--congested lungs, renal insufficiency, uterine atony, feeble pulse
INTERNAL USE:
--usu for circulation stimulant
--director or activator in formulas
--cardiac stimulant, stim digestion, veins, hemorrhoids, migrains
EXTERNAL USE:
--counter irritant
--warming liniment
--styptic
--pain relief for muscles & joints

HOMEOPATHIC USE:
--for pts of lax fiber and flabby muscle who don't exercise and eat wrong food
--red face that is cold to touch
--gasps for breath, can't catch breath
--worse from drafts, cold air, water, uncovering, damp, bathing, drinking, eating
--better from continued motion and exercise
--these sx describe a pt w/ poor circulation

Comments

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lynnivere
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Excellent breakdown! Thanks.

I build up a tolerance to capsaicin very quickly. It goes from *yeeOw* to *ahhh* very quickly. I love it.
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