herbals cayenne

RECND256

Cayenne

Scientific:Capsicum annuum
Other:Cayenne
Family:Capsicum frutescens

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• flatulent dyspepsia
- colic
- abdominal distension
- flatulence

CNS
• neuralgias (topically)
- peripheral neuropathy
- shingles
• headaches
- migraines (topically)
- cluster headaches (topically)

Musculoskeletal
• rheumatic conditions
- myalgia
- osteoarthritis
- rheumatoid arthritis
chilblains

Cardiovascular
• poor circulation
- Raynaud's syndrome

Respiratory
• thins mucous in conditions with lung or sinus congestion
- bronchitis
- rhinitis
- sinusitis

Endorine
• sluggish metabolism
obesity

Actions

carminative
antispasmodic
analgesic (topical)
anodyne
stimulant
decongestant
counterirritant (rubefacient)
• circulatory tonic
• pungent
diaphoretic
thermogenic
expectorant

Constituents

• Phenolic-alkylamides (Capsaicinoid)
• Carotenoids
• Volatile oils
• Saponins

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 25% EtOH): 0.25-1 ml tid
• Infusion: 0.5-1 tsp in cup of boiling water and take 1 tbsp of the mixture
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% EtOH): 1-3 ml tid
• Creams (0.02-0.05%): as needed

Safety

Caution: Avoid contact with exposed and/or sensitive tissues.

Side effects: May cause GI irritation in sensitive individuals. May aggravate GERD. May aggravate dry cough.

Interactions

ACE inhibitors - may cause dry cough.

References

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Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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