Capsaicin Cream

Latin name: capsicum frutescens, capsicum annum
Other names: cayenne pepper, chili pepper, hot pepper, paprika, pimiento, red pepper

What is Capsaicin Cream?
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers, and the source of their heat. Medicinally, capsaicin is made into a cream that alleviates pain.

What are the health benefits of Capsaicin Cream?

Capsaicin cream is usually used to relieve pain and itching. Through its ability to deplete a neurochemical that transmits pain when it is applied to the skin, it can be helpful for easing joint stiffness, and relieving sore muscles. Research suggests that it is effective in healing pain associated with arthritis, back pain, and nerve pain, as well as greatly improving the condition of pruritic psoriasis.

The pain-reducing results of capsaicin cream are only temporary, so it must be used regularly to provide sustained pain relief. Some practitioners suggest using capsaicin cream for at least four continuous weeks before evaluating the effectiveness.

Are there any precautions for using Capsaicin Cream?
It may cause an unpleasant burning sensation in the area it is used; if too much cream is used, it can cause skin blistering and inflammation. One should be very careful not to get in eyes or any broken skin. The safety of capsaicin cream in pregnant or nursing women hasn’t been established.

Where can I find Capsaicin Cream?
Capsaicin cream can be found at drug stores, health food stores, and online.

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