Cayenne pepper not only produces fiery warmth in the body in spicy dishes from the inside. In the fruits of cayenne pepper, the chili peppers, the active ingredient capsaicin is included. It also has a warming, pain-relieving and healing effect on the joints from the outside. An ointment with cayenne pepper stimulates the blood circulation deep in the joint, the nutrient supply of the articular cartilage is promoted, the formation of synovial fluid is stimulated. The pain diminishes, and with it returns the normal mobility. After prolonged use, the nerve fiber ends react to the capsaicin - the long-term analgesic effect occurs.
The cayenne pepper - a natural remedy
In medicine, the fruits of cayenne have long been used. Especially in the treatment of joint pain, osteoarthritis or rheumatism is based on the effect of capsaicin in the external application. The hot spice is known as a natural remedy for its warming effect, its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. As part of an ointment, capsaicin from cayenne pepper irritates the skin's heat and pain receptors. A pleasant feeling of warmth spreads, the circulation in the aching joint is stimulated. The natural warmth has an immediate analgesic effect. Better circulation will transport more nutrients to the articular cartilage, promoting the production of synovial fluid. Since you can also return to normal movement because of the reduced pain, the synovial fluid is better distributed - the joint can work again "as well".
Capsaicin empties the "pain memory"
The restoration of normal movements is of great importance in joint pain and rheumatic diseases. Without movement, the joint can not be sufficiently supplied with nutrients - the cartilage "starves", the functioning of the joints is increasingly limited. The natural ingredient of cayenne pepper additionally 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 painkiller, the so-called substance P. The existing supplies of this substance P are emptied, the pain signals are no longer transmitted even after completion of local therapy with a cayenne pepper balm, the patient is no longer in pain ". First reactions to the emptying of the "pain memory" are usually felt after only a few days After several weeks of treatment, the long-term effect.
Rheumatic disease number one
Rheumatism occurs in a variety of forms. The most common form is osteoarthritis. It arises 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 consequent restraint contribute significantly to the wear of the articular cartilage. A vicious circle: Pain - Protection of the joint - Lack of blood flow - Lack of synovial fluid - Increasing wear of the articular cartilage over time leads to ever more painful joint changes. Heat is often found to be particularly beneficial in osteoarthritis and many other rheumatic diseases. The natural warmth of cayenne with its healing effects deep into the joint functions has proven itself in rheumatism, the "common disease number one". The external application of capsaicin in an ointment also has the advantage of acting directly and immediately alleviating the place of action without burdening the organism as a whole.