• Cayenne: A Remarkable Healing Herb, by Roopa Chari,M.D.
   Cayenne is truly a gift to humanity as it offers more health benefits than most other herbs or foods on this planet. Cayenne peppers are berries, and are the fruit of shrubs in the Capsicum genus. One cayenne pepper contains beta-carotene and almost twice the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C along with iron, phosphorus and calcium. The variety of colors found in chili peppers contain thousands of bioflavinoids and carotenoids which may be responsible for the healing properties of cayenne. The potency of cayenne is determined by the intensity of its heat. This is determined by the quantity of the chemicals in cayenne and its resins. The more of these chemicals that are in cayenne and the hotter it is, the stronger it is, which indicates it is more effective in healing. The heat is measured in heat units and most cayenne peppers are between 30,000 to 80,000 heat units. Capsaicin blocks pain impulses. Certain types of nerves in the human body actually appear to have receptor sites for capsaicin. It actually reduces pain by depleting the nerve endings of Substance P. This is why ointments containing capsaicin have been clinically proven to help relieve the pain of arthritis, shingles, and fibromyalgia. Capsaicin ointment has also become the treatment of choice for peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling sensation in the extremities as seen with diabetes) and pain from skin cancer. Next time I will discuss further health benefits of Cayenne and practical applications! .

Roopa Chari, M.D., a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine practices Alternative Medicine at the Shi Ho Center in Del Mar with an introductory offer 25% off initial consultation. Dr. Chari can be reached at (619) 275-8073 for appointments or please visit their website at: http://www.charicenter.com

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