Also Known As
African Chillies, African Pepper, Bird Pepper, Capsaicin, Capsicum Fruit, Cayenne, Chili Pepper, Garden Pepper, Goat’s Pod, Grains Of Paradise, Green Bell Pepper, Green Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper, Hungarian Pepper, Ici Fructus, Louisiana Long Pepper, Louisiana Sport Pepper, Mexican Chilies, Paprika, Pimento, Red Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Tabasco Pepper, Zanzibar Pepper. Capsicum frutescens; Capsicum annuum; Capsicum chinense; Capsicum baccatum; Capsicum pubscens; and other Capsicum species.
Properties: pungent hot followed by cooling nature
Meridian: Heart, Stomach, Large Intestine, Lung
- Cayenne pepper warms the middle, relieves abdominal fullness in patterns of stomach cold or spleen yang deficiency (diarrhea, dysentery)
- expels cold, rescues collapsed yang
- heart blood stagnation and deficiency
- heart yang deficiency
- promotes sweating, expel wind cold dampness,
- clears fever, benefits throat
- promotes tissue repair, reduces contusions andrelieves pain
- when combined with other herbs or in a formul cayenne adds more yang, move moving propertiesto the concoction.
Also Used For
Orally, capsicum is used to stimulate digestion, as an antiflatulent, for colic, diarrhea, cramps, toothache, to improve peripheral circulation, for reducing blood clotting tendencies, seasickness, alcoholism, malarial fever, yellow and other fevers, for reducing cholesterol, and preventing arteriosclerosis and heart disease.
Topically, capsicum is used for the pain of shingles, and for post-herpetic, trigeminal, diabetic, post-mastectomy, and post-surgical neuralgias, HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. It is also used as a counterirritant to desensitize nerves and to create a feeling of warmth. Capsicum is also used to relieve muscle spasms, as a gargle for laryngitis, and as a deterrent to thumb-sucking or nail biting.
Capsicum has also been used as an inhalational provocation test to distinguish sensory hyperreactivity of the airways from asthma.
In food, capsicum is used as a condiment.
In manufacturing, capsicum is the main ingredient used in many self-defense sprays, also referred to as pepper spray.
Cayenne pepper is contraindicated during full heat patterns, pregnancy, acute inflammation or irritations, peptic ulcer, bladder like symptoms and may cause blistering if left on topically for long durations of time.
General History Of Cayenne Pepper
Found in the 1750’s, and immediately washed all over pacific western herbal medicine, many pharmacists during this time replaced black pepper with cayenne.
It is now known as the purest most neutral stimulant known to man.