Capsicum (botanical name Capsicum frutenscens) is a stimulating herb used topically to areas of pain as a counter irritant for pain relief. This makes capsicum extract useful for giving symptomatic relief in such conditions as rheumatism, arthritis, nerve pain and back pain. It works by desensitising the nerve endings and the effect can last for hours.
Internally the actions of capsicum supplements are stimulating to the digestive system, cooling and antispasmodic. Conditions it is used for include digestive weakness, flatulence, low stomach acid and poor circulation. You can also use capsicum tablets for weight loss.
With capsicum powder a little goes a long way, and small doses are sufficient as there is a risk of irritation. Taken internally it can cause irritation of mucous membranes.
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