Can Chilies Be Used to Treat Pain?

If you need a pain killer for an external area – no doubt a cream to rub in the area that contains capsaicin will do the trick.

Here is the article summary

  • Chili peppers’ heat comes from capsaicin, a compound produced to protect them from fungal attack
  • When you eat a chili pepper, capsaicin binds to and activates heat receptor proteins called TRPV1, so even though you’re not actually in danger, your body thinks it’s being exposed to extreme heat
  • If exposed to capsaicin for long enough, your pain nerve cells will become de-sensitized to the painful stimulus
  • Capsaicin is available in pain-relieving creams and patches, and has shown promise for relieving shingles pain, osteoarthritis, psoriasis symptoms, and more
  • Capsaicin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has also shown some promise for cancer, weight loss, and allergy symptoms

If you’re looking for natural forms of pain relief, capsaicin cream is only one option. Five other options that have equal promise include:

    1. Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains anti-inflammatory compounds. This is one of my personal favorites as I have seen it work well with many rheumatoid arthritis patients.
    2. Astaxanthin: Astaxanthin has been shown to be very useful against joint pain caused by inflammation. Studies have demonstrated astaxanthin reduces nuclear factor kappa beta; the master switch for the inflammatory response. It also reduces tumor necrosis factor and other pro-inflammatory cytokines that cause inflamattion and pain.
    3. Medical cannabis has a long history as a natural analgesic.  At present, 20 U.S. states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Its medicinal qualities are due to high amounts (about 10-20 percent) of cannabidiol (CBD), medicinal terpenes, and flavonoids.
    4. Devil’s Claw. A South African herb found to be particularly effective against pain caused by inflammation, including arthritis, and muscle pain.
    5. K-Laser Class 4 Laser Therapy: If you suffer pain from an injury, arthritis, or other inflammation-based pain, I’d strongly encourage you to try out K-Laser therapy. It can be an excellent choice for many painful conditions, including acute injuries. K-Laser is a class 4 infrared laser therapy treatment that helps reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones. These benefits are believed to be the result of enhanced microcirculation, as the treatment stimulates red blood cell flow in the treatment area. Venous and lymphatic return is also enhanced, as is oxygenation of those tissues.

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