|Most Common Name:||
Known As (other names):||Chilli Pepper, African
Pepper, Chillies, Bird Pepper, Hot Pepper, Tabasco Pepper|
Originally from Zanzibar in Africa, Cayenne, also known as African Pepper is
now cultivated worldwide in tropical and sub-tropical zones. Similar peppers are
also native to South America.
Cayenne is one of the most widely used
herbal medicines, taken both internally and topically.
The fruit is
used fresh or dried. The herb can be stored for prolonged periods after drying.
Use for/In treatment of:
healing||Hardening of the arteries||Also used for culinary purposes
|Digestive system tonic||
|Below we list
reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous
research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide
information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects,
if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary
considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with
the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Capsaicin: Capsaicin is a Capsaicinoid a
phenolic amide. Capsaicin is the pungent principle in Cayenne Pepper and can be
tasted in very small quantities. Capsaicin is analgesic.
Capsaicinoids when applied topically interfere with the pain
transmission actions of sensory neurons by depleting neuropeptides, thereby
preventing the transmission of the signals to the brain.
Carotenoids is the largest group in the
Tetraterpenes. Carotenoids are responsible for the red to yellow pigmentation in
vegetables and fruit. A number of the over 500 carotenoids are
pro-vitamins and are converted to vitamin A in the digestive process.
carotenoids have been found to have antioxidant properties and help in the
control of free radicals. There is also some that believe that some of the
carotenoids are also active against some cancer cells although this aspect is
still being researched.
powder or granules||Tincture|
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