Bite into a chili pepper and you are hit with a delicious rush of heat. It burns your mouth, sending you running for water, and then reaching for a second. You smile, bleary eyed, as your sinuses discover clear passages and your taste buds sweet, or rather, spicy satisfaction. The kick – it’s the lure of the chili pepper and a quality that would be nonexistent if not for capsaicin. However, the fiery compound isn’t limited to intense eating sensations; it also fights pain.
Capsaicin has been used for years, primarily as a cream, to relieve the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, shingles, bursitis, fibromyalgia and back, muscle, nerve and joint pain. It is one of the primary ingredients in Sinus Buster Nasal Spray, a product heavily relied on by the frequently congested, and is now being considered as the next innovation in surgery-related pain alleviation. Researchers in Harvard discovered that capsaicin effectively increased cell-wall size, allowing doctors to administer an anesthetic that would normally not be able to reach the nerve cells. This anesthetic differs from most in that it doesn’t interfere with untargeted nerve cells and, thus, eliminates the possibility of temporary paralysis. So, as a helping hand, capsaicin is highly laudable, but it’s even more so on its own. When applied directly to hernia wounds, during surgery, the compound provided pain relief for three days, rendering post-op considerably more enjoyable. What could be better? Well . . . no concerns.
As with anything, there are some worries associated with the use of capsaicin. It’s been known to cause a burning sensation when used as a cream, which could worsen with varying application techniques. However, scientists remain hopeful. It looks like the future will prove that capsaicin is more than a kick in the taste buds; it’s a powerful reliever, too.
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