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Does Cayenne Pepper Really Work For Arthritis Relief

Does Cayenne Pepper Really Work For Arthritis Relief

Most arthritis sufferers turn to their medicine cabinet to seek relief.  A medical professional typically offers this suggestion.  If you suffer from arthritis, your physician does have your best interest at heart.  They truly believe over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication is best for you.  It may be, but many natural remedies relieve pain too.  One of them is cayenne pepper, also know simply as red chili pepper.

As great as it is to know that some individuals are able to seek arthritis pain relief from red chili peppers, you likely have many questions.  What type of red pepper?  What format should I opt for?  How much should I consume?  Do I eat it or apply it to the skin and how often?  If you have these questions, please continue reading on for answers.

Cayenne pepper is available in many different formats, including capsules, oil, creams, and pepper.  Where you purchase yours will depend on the remedy selected.  For example, if you wish to try a topical cream, head to the drug store.  If you wish to increase your cayenne pepper intake naturally, head to your local supermarket or organic food store.

Cayenne Pepper Remedy #1

Mix a small amount of red pepper with a small amount of castor oil.  Use a paper towel or cloth to soak in the mixture.  Apply the damp paper towel or cloth to the painful area.  Some recommend applying and leaving on overnight.  Castor oil has many health benefits, although it is not right for everyone.  Try this home remedy for a couple of hours during the day first.  If you notice a decrease in pain with no reactions, aim for overnight relief.

Cayenne Pepper Remedy #2

Purchase the cayenne pepper spice.  This is the dry mixture.  Add to your food.  If you have digestive problems, you may notice a few complications at first.  For many, their body needs to adjust to the pepper, as it can be difficult to digest.  Start slow, like with 1/8 tablespoon.  Overtime, work your way to two teaspoons a day.  You can scatter this dosage out over different meals.  Red pepper can be added to most foods.

Cayenne Pepper Remedy #3

Purchase hot sauce that is made from cayenne pepper.  The hot sauce label should state the main ingredient is “aged cayennes.”  Apply to the painful areas of your body at least two times a day.  Many report this home remedy does work, but there is the possibility of stained clothes.

Cayenne Pepper Remedy #4

Purchase an over-the-counter topical cream with capsaicin as the main ingredient. This is an alternative to using the above mentioned hot sauce.  Many creams use capsaicin, which is derived from cayenne pepper.  If on a budget, try the above mentioned hot sauce remedy first.  If it does not work, try this alternative.

As with any natural and home remedy, it is important to consider the risk and speak with a trusted medical professional.  The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin.  It can interact with a number of drugs, including acid reducers, aspirin, blood thinners, and ACE inhibitors.  If taking these medications, hold off.  First, speak to your primary care physician or a pharmacist.  He or she can inform you of the dangers or the risks of mixing with your current medications.

With all natural and home remedies, it is important to remember variance.  Our bodies process food differently.  Cayenne pepper may provide relief from some, but not others.  It is best to experiment to find the best pepper remedy and dosage.

Speaking of relief, what will happen if this remedy works?  You will notice a decrease in pain.  The longer you take these home remedies, the less pain you will experience.  As previously stated, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin.  It is found in many medications and has aspirin like qualities.  The pepper improves blood flow and circulation and releases natural endorphins, which help combat pain and discomfort.

Smiles and Good Health,

Teresa Thomas Bohannon

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