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Cayenne, Capsicum frutescens

Family:

Solanaceae

By H. Zell [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By H. Zell [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By H. Zell [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medicinal Garden information:

May help reduce nasal congestion.

Capsicum may help to reduce nasal congestion in patients with chronic rhinitis; Capsaicin likely depletes substance P, resulting in desensitization of the nasal mucosa to antigens.

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May be beneficial to postoperative nausea and pain control

Capsicum may be beneficial to postoperative nausea and pain control. The gastroprotective effect of capsaicin may involve an enhancement of the microcirculation due to local release of mediator peptides from the sensory nerve terminals.

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Topical application may reduce symptoms of lower back pain

Topical cayanne reduce symptoms of lower back pain; Capsaicin is thought to induce the release of the neurotransmitter substance P from sensory C-fibers, as well as inhibit transport and de novo synthesis of substance P, resulting in pain desensitization.

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