Pain relief from the chili pepper

Cayenne pepper not only creates fiery heat in the body in hot dishes. The active ingredient  capsaicin is contained in the fruits of the cayenne pepper, the chili peppers  . It also has a warming, pain-relieving and healing effect on  joint pain from the outside  . An ointment with cayenne pepper stimulates the blood circulation deep in the joint, the supply of nutrients to the articular cartilage is promoted and the formation of synovial fluid is stimulated. The pain subsides and normal mobility returns. After prolonged use, the nerve fiber endings also react to the capsaicin – the long-term pain-relieving effect sets in.

Cayenne pepper – a natural remedy

The fruits of the cayenne pepper have been used in medicine for a long time. Especially in the treatment of joint pain,  arthrosis  or  rheumatism  , the effect of capsaicin is used externally.

The hot spice is known as a natural remedy for its warming effect, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. As a component of an ointment, the capsaicin from the cayenne pepper irritates the skin’s heat and pain receptors. A pleasant feeling of warmth spreads, the blood circulation in the painful joint is stimulated. The natural heat has an immediate pain-relieving effect. The improved blood circulation means that more  nutrients are  transported to the articular cartilage, which promotes the production of synovial fluid.

Since you can also return to normal movement due to the reduced pain, the synovial fluid is better distributed – the joint can function “like lubricated” again.

Capsaicin empties the “pain stores”

The restoration of movements that are as normal as possible is of great importance in the case of joint pain and rheumatic diseases. Without movement, the joint cannot be adequately supplied with nutrients – the cartilage “starves” and the functionality of the joints is increasingly restricted. The natural ingredient of cayenne pepper also counteracts these inflammatory and painful processes.

dr Jan-Peter Jansen, pain therapist from Berlin, explains the mechanism of action: “Capsaicin inhibits the release of a certain pain transmitter, the so-called substance P. The existing stores of this substance P are emptied, the pain signals are no longer transmitted. Even after the end of the local therapy with a cayenne pepper balm, the patient has no more pain”. The first reactions to the emptying of the “pain stores” can usually be felt after a few days. After several weeks of treatment, the long-term effect becomes apparent.

Rheumatism – the number one widespread disease

Rheumatism comes in a variety of forms. The most common form is osteoarthritis. It occurs when the joint is not sufficiently “lubricated” by synovial fluid. Since the movement of the joint is very important for the formation of new synovial fluid, pain in the joint and the resulting relieving posture contribute significantly to the wear and tear of the articular cartilage. A vicious circle of: pain – protection of the joint – insufficient blood circulation – lack of synovial fluid – increasing wear and tear of the articular cartilage leads to increasingly painful joint changes over time.

Heat is often felt to be particularly beneficial in the case of arthrosis and many other rheumatic diseases. The natural heat of the cayenne pepper with its healing effects deep into the joint functions has proven itself in rheumatism, the “number one widespread disease”. The external application of capsaicin in an ointment also has the advantage of having a direct and immediate soothing effect on the spot without putting a strain on the organism as a whole.

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