MEDICINAL USE AND HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAYENNE PEPPER
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Cayenne pepper has been called "the king of herbs" with
good reason, as it has been prized for thousands of years
for its healing powers. Folklore from around the world has
recounted amazing results in its simple healing of baffling
The famed herbal healer Dr. Shulze said, "If you master only
one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more
powerful than any other."
In particular cayenne pepper is good for the heart and
circulatory system and can be a lifesaver in the event of a
heart attack - if you have concerns over heart attacks, never
leave home without it!
From the healing text of Dr. Christopher:
"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and
teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack
patient and the reason is, whenever I go in--if they are still
breathing--I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea
(a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within
minutes they are up and around)."
Some of the other medicinal or health benefits of the
Cayenne pepper include:
Cayenne pepper added diet helps avoid stomach aches, gas
and cramps. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine recommends
cayenne for proper digestion as it stimulates the flow of
stomach secretions and saliva.
Cayenne pepper improves the effectiveness of other herbs.
Topical application of cayenne pepper causes irritation in the
applied area; thus, it helps distract the nerves from joint
pains due to arthritis.
Cayenne added water can be used to gargle with, to cure
The capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates secretions, which
helps to clear the mucus from nose and lungs by clearing the
sinuses and causing sweating. Cayenne pepper added tea is
good for colds and flu.
When any body part is sick, the blood flow to that area is
usually affected. Cayenne helps to remove that blockage and
stimulates the blood flow so that the vitamins are properly
delivered to all areas of the body and waste is removed.
In addition to it`s ability to stop heart attacks, cayenne helps
to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Cayenne also helps
to dissolve fibrin which causes formation of blood clots and it
reduces triglyceride levels.
Smelling cayenne helps cure headaches. Topical application
of capsaicin also helps to relieve them.
Cayenne pepper is a source of beta-carotene which is helpful
in reducing symptoms of asthma.
Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, in cayenne pepper, gives
protection against invading pathogens by helping the
development of healthy mucus membranes in the nasal
passage, lungs and urinary tracts, thereby giving immunity
When added to food, cayenne helps weight loss due to aiding
proper digestion. It also reduces excess appetite due to mal-
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin that has the ability to
Beta-carotene contained in cayenne pepper works as a good
antioxidant that prevents or repairs the damages caused by
free radicals, helping prevent atherosclerosis and colon
Cayenne pepper is also very effective in relieving diabetic
complications like nerve damage and heart disease. It gives
temporary relief of pain from psoriasis, herpes zoster,
neuralgia, and toothache.