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12 Surprising Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper that is commonly used as a spice in various dishes. Apart from its culinary uses, cayenne has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its many health benefits. The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which is responsible for its spicy taste and numerous health benefits. In this article, we will explore the many health benefits of cayenne pepper and the research studies that support them.

1. Relieves Pain

Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, is an effective natural pain reliever. It works by blocking the chemical signals that transmit pain messages to the brain. Studies have found that capsaicin can be used topically to relieve pain associated with arthritis, shingles, neuropathy, and other conditions. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research found that capsaicin cream effectively reduced pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Promotes Heart Health

Cayenne pepper is also beneficial for heart health. Capsaicin has been found to help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure, two major risk factors for heart disease. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that cayenne pepper reduced blood pressure in animals, while another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that it reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in humans.

3. Boosts Metabolism

Cayenne pepper has been found to boost metabolism and promote weight loss. Capsaicin increases the body's metabolic rate, which leads to more calories being burned. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming cayenne pepper with a meal increased fat-burning and reduced appetite in participants.

4. Improves Digestion

Cayenne pepper has also been found to improve digestion. Capsaicin stimulates the production of digestive juices and enzymes, which can help to alleviate symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cayenne pepper helped to protect the stomach lining and reduce the risk of ulcers.

5. Fights Inflammation

Capsaicin has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with many health problems, including arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. A study published in the Journal of Inflammation found that capsaicin reduced inflammation in rats with rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Supports Detoxification

Cayenne pepper also supports the body's natural detoxification processes. It helps to increase blood flow and stimulate the lymphatic system, which can help to remove toxins from the body. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that capsaicin helped to reduce the levels of certain toxins in the blood.

7. May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

There is some evidence to suggest that capsaicin may have anti-cancer properties. A study published in Cancer Research found that capsaicin inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice. Another study published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics found that capsaicin helped reduce lung cancer cell growth in humans.

8. Relieves Headaches

Capsaicin in cayenne pepper is a natural pain reliever and has been found to alleviate migraine headaches. A study published in Cephalalgia found that capsaicin nasal spray effectively reduced the frequency and severity of migraines.

9. Improves Skin Health 

Cayenne pepper has been found to have antimicrobial properties, which can help to prevent skin infections. Capsaicin has also been found to promote wound healing and reduce inflammation in the skin. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment found that capsaicin cream effectively reduced itching and inflammation in patients with psoriasis.

10. Boosts Immunity

Cayenne pepper is rich in vitamin C, essential for immune function. Vitamin C has been found to help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu. Cayenne pepper also contains beta-carotene, which can help to boost immune function and reduce the risk of infections.

11. Improves Respiratory Function

Capsaicin in cayenne pepper has been found to improve respiratory function by reducing inflammation in the airways. A European Journal of Pharmacology study found that capsaicin improved lung function in animals with asthma.

12. Enhances Sexual Health 

Cayenne pepper has been found to have aphrodisiac properties and can help to improve sexual function. Capsaicin has been found to improve blood flow to the genitals, which can help to improve erectile function. A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research found that capsaicin improved erectile function in men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.

Additional Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Here are just a few of the many conditions that been helped with cayenne according to Earth Clinic readers:

  • Arthritis
  • Sore Throat
  • Sinus Infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Dry Mouth
  • Bleeding
  • Digestion
  • Ulcers
  • Blood Pressure
  • Poor Circulation
  • Cold Feet

Internal Use of Cayenne Pepper

When using cayenne pepper internally, starting with a smaller dose and gradually increasing it as needed is recommended. A dose as small as 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper can be effective for some conditions. Some people prefer to keep a cayenne pepper shaker on their table for seasoning food.

To make the ingestion of cayenne pepper easier, many people mix it with orange juice. However, taking cayenne pepper in capsules may cause digestive upset if the capsule opens in the stomach. If the tongue has already tasted the cayenne, the stomach will have advanced warning. Some cayenne pepper capsules may contain ginger to help the stomach adjust more easily.

Cayenne Quality

It is important to note that not all cayenne pepper is of the same quality. Generally, health food stores carry higher quality and more potent cayenne pepper than average grocery stores.

Cayenne pepper can have a wide range of heat levels. Some brands have a heat rating of 30,000, which is still quite spicy, while others may have as much as 190,000 heat units. Only individuals who are accustomed to strong spices will be able to tolerate higher amounts.

However, with regular use, your body will adjust to the potency of cayenne pepper. Starting with a small amount and gradually increasing the dose can help your body tolerate larger amounts over time.

Topical Use of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is commonly used topically to reduce pain and improve circulation. This is because capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, affects substance P, which relays pain signals in the body.

When a cayenne pepper salve is applied to arthritic joints or painful muscles, it can provide pain relief while also increasing blood flow to the area. This increased circulation can promote healing.

It is important to note that while natural pain relief methods like cayenne pepper salves can be helpful, they should not be used to push the body beyond its limits. Pain is a signal to the body to rest, and ignoring it or masking it can lead to further problems down the line.

In addition to its pain-relieving properties, a topical cayenne salve can relieve shingles pain and help warm up cold hands and feet.

How to Make a Cayenne Salve


  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup castor oil
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax

Note: If you don't have castor oil, use 1 cup of olive oil instead. However, castor oil has pain-relieving properties, so it is recommended to use it if possible. If you want a harder salve, you can use 4 tablespoons of beeswax.


  1. Combine the cayenne pepper powder, olive oil, and castor oil in a glass jar.
  2. Allow the mixture to sit for 1-2 weeks.
  3. Using a sterile cheesecloth, strain out the cayenne pepper powder.
  4. In a double boiler, heat the red-colored oil with the beeswax until the wax melts.
  5. Pour the mixture into a jar or tin and allow it to cool.

Cayenne Pepper Gargle

Cayenne pepper has been found to have antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it an excellent ingredient for a throat gargle. Although it may be spicy and uncomfortable at first, using a cayenne pepper gargle can reduce pain and fight infections.

To use cayenne pepper as a gargle, mix 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle several times a day for a few days. However, applying lip balm before gargling is important to avoid burning your lips.

A cayenne pepper gargle can even help fight stubborn infections like strep throat. For a step-by-step guide on using cayenne pepper as a gargle, check out this instructional video from Earth Clinic.

Cayenne Pepper Tooth Powder

Cayenne pepper can fight infection and increase circulation in your mouth. You can make a tooth powder to use instead of toothpaste. It may taste very spicy at first, but your mouth will get accustomed to it over time.

Spicy Tooth Powder:

  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sprinkle the powder onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth gently as needed.

Cayenne Pepper for Emergencies

Cayenne pepper can be used to stop bleeding from a cut by sprinkling it directly into the wound and applying pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad. The cayenne pepper will mix with the blood and form a scab, which should not be removed. Allowing the scab to fall off naturally will prevent re-bleeding.

In his book Herbal Home Health Care, herbalist Dr. John Christopher recommends using a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water in case of a heart attack. Many midwives also use this formula for mothers who experience bleeding during childbirth at home.

Research has found that capsaicin, the heat-producing component in cayenne pepper, can decrease cardiac cell death when applied topically during a heart attack, while further treatment is being pursued. Capsaicin is also found in topical pain relief formulas.

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Cayenne pepper is a natural remedy with a range of health benefits. Its active component, capsaicin, has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-viral properties. Cayenne pepper has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to alleviate pain, improve digestion, and boost immunity.

One of the main benefits of cayenne pepper is its pain-relieving effect. Cayenne pepper is often used topically as a salve to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, sore muscles, and nerve damage. When applied topically, capsaicin causes a sensation of heat and reduces the concentration of Substance P, a chemical that transmits pain signals to the brain. This makes cayenne pepper a useful ingredient in topical pain relief formulas.

In addition to its pain-relieving properties, cayenne pepper has been found to have many other health benefits. For example, it may improve digestion by increasing the production of digestive enzymes and stimulating the digestive tract. Cayenne pepper may also improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow. Moreover, it may support respiratory health by reducing inflammation in the airways and improving breathing.

Cayenne pepper also has immune-boosting properties due to its high content of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for immune function, and it may help to reduce the severity and duration of common illnesses such as colds and flu. Moreover, cayenne pepper may have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that make it a useful natural remedy against infections.

Another potential benefit of cayenne pepper is its ability to improve skin health. It may promote wound healing, reduce inflammation, and improve skin infections. Cayenne pepper has also been found to have aphrodisiac properties and may help to improve sexual function.

When using cayenne pepper for medicinal purposes, it is important to choose high-quality cayenne pepper from a reputable source. It is also recommended to start with a small dose and gradually increase it as needed. As with any natural remedy, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using cayenne pepper for medicinal purposes, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions or take medications.

In conclusion, cayenne pepper is a versatile natural remedy with numerous potential health benefits. Its pain-relieving, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune-boosting, and skin health properties make it a valuable addition to any natural medicine cabinet. With proper use and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, cayenne pepper may help to alleviate a range of health issues and improve overall wellness.

Read on to learn the benefits hundreds of Earth Clinic readers have experienced with Cayenne over the past 15 years. Be sure to share your experiences with us!

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Acid Reflux, Heartburn

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Posted by Bruce (US) on 07/04/2007
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On the subject of acid reflux and heartburn, I have all but eliminated it after 20 or so years of suffering.

I used to keep a large bottle of Tums with me at all times. The acid reflux was horrible, waking me up in bed with searing pain in my throat and gasping for air, not knowing if this would be the end. The choking went on for half an hour or more. Milk, more Tums, water, juice, nothing gave instant relief.

Like magic, after about three months, I had lost almost all of the symtoms of the acid reflux and heartburn. You can cure yourself easily if you are determined. It will take perseverence and patience and will gradually go from bad to good in three months or so.

Cayenne Pepper is the answer!

Now on a regular basis I take from one to two heaping tablespoons of granulated cayenne with my meals. Not on any cereal though! Usually if you can start off with a litle and work up to a large dose like I did, it will become easy and things after a while will not seem to taste right without it.

I am so happy I don't use Tums anymore and I don't have stomach problems. I would encourage anyone to read about "cayenne pepper healing effects."

Do a Google search and you will be surprised at what you read about its healing effects. I get my cayenne from a wholesale club in bulk containers. I use Tone's ground cayenne pepper and it is about $4.00 for a 1 LB container. That should last you about six months or more.

Good luck and remember, you will have to get used to the heat or it won't work.

In addition to taking the cayenne pepper, don't go to sleep on a full stomach. Give it 3 or 4 hours before you go to sleep.



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Posted by Jasonmchicago (Chicago, Il (usa) ) on 06/17/2011
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I have figured out a VERY POWERFUL anti-inflammatory that works almost instantly. I take 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper in the mouth. Wait until the sensations start then swallow. Then I wait 2-5 minutes until I feel the burning all over my mouth and know that it is working. Then I take the following:

- Fresh Garlic

- Fresh Ginger

- 1-2 Ginger Capsules

- 1-2 Turmeric Capsules (high quality brand)

- Fresh Rosemary

- EVOO 1/2 ounce

I swallow this all at once and literally within 1-5 minutes the inflammation goes down. I can feel the muscle inflammation getting the effects of this combo. I heard that Cayenne is amazing for distributing herbal potency to where it needs to go. It quickly circulates the blood and I believe the "powers" of the turmeric, garlic, and rosemary all get going.

It has really helped me out with IMMEDIATE relief of serious inflammation more than any one by themselves or prescription drugs or NSAIDs or anything. If you want added benefit take a hot/warm water moist towel and put it on the area that needs inflammation reduction.



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Posted by Zark (Emerald City) on 04/16/2015
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ACV, Chilli, and Bicarb - all three of these are antifungals.

I use Bicarb quite frequently as a spray whenever my plants have fungal issues. Works quickly. Bicarb also neutralises the mycotoxins produced by pathogenic fungi.


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Posted by Kolin (Nottingham, England) on 02/13/2011
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Yesterday I had, unusually while awake, a strong episode of atrial flutter, my chest felt like a washine machine full of golf balls! It would not calm down with relaxation etc, so, half teaspoon cayenne in a cup of warm water followed by a short deliberate heavy coughing session, 5 minutes later all went back to normal, well worth trying!

Keep up these posts, love to all, Kolin.

Posted by Geri (Dothan, Alabama) on 06/21/2009
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Cayenne pepper effects on heart racing and arrythmia...

I have been using cayenne pepper for several months for racing heart and arrythmia. Within less than a minute my heart is back to normal!! I use 1/2 teaspoon in warm water, less than a cup, one teaspoon in 8oz is recommended, but I get the results from 1/2 tsp., also I use cayenne pepper liberally on most of my food, like salads, baked potato, omlets, etc.. I have tried MANY natural cures, but never had one work so fast. The Phamaceutical companies will probably try to get this miracle cure declared illegal! If people could try it, doctors and drugs would lose billions! I don't mind the heat at all for the results I get. It IS a good idea to have some food in your stomach, though. Wonderful site, Earth Clinic!!


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Posted by Trina (St.Helens, Oregon) on 08/07/2008
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Rheumatoid/Osteo Arthritis: So update, I have done oil pulling and still have twice everyday. My Arthritis is not completely gone. I think it's because i aint using the right oil. But i still sleep well and no more chocolate addiction. And branded scar is completly GONE Due to the Organic Sufflower oil that i pulled with. Anyways i wanna loose weight to help my arthritis because my doctor says i have both.((RA/OA)) So i try the recommended Master Cleanse Diet (from this site by a person). After day one i felt really Pain free. in that diet all you drink is Cayenne pepper in filtered water with Grade A/B Organic Maple syrup and organic lemon. Oh and diet tea and salt laxitive. I did that diet for 2 and half days without eating.

Anyways it was the cayenne pepper that made me pain free. I researched cayenne pepper online and bought the pills. It works great. I take more then it says too. it takes about 6 Cayenne fruit pills. it cost less the 3 dollars at Wal-mart. And Well worth it!! - u know that diet i was supposed to have min. Look up Cayenne pepper it does much more then just for pain oh and weight loss. 3 thumbs way up.

Athlete's Foot

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Posted by Vince (Philadelphia, PA) on 09/21/2006
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I had Athletes' Foot between 2 toes that sit against each other. I had it off and on for years. It was hard to dry them after a shower, and when in a rush, I don't think I did it that well, and then sitting against each other, I would probably really have to, and sweating probably cause it also. I only applied cayenne in salt water one time, and it has been gone for years. Usually it has to stay in place for a while on skin surfaces, so I soak the gauze on a bandaid, but since my toes touch, I didn't have to.

Best Type of Cayenne

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Posted by Dave G (Florida) on 11/02/2016
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I get a pure organic Cayenne from amazon in powder form and extract from the powder pure form it takes 45 to 60 days to extract the the pure form with no additives and put it in a eye dropper bottle and add about 20 drops to a glass of infused citrus water and drink it with breakfast and have no side effects basically because alot of the companies mix crap with it as fillers even in their Tinctures as well. The formula was from a Herbologist who recieved her PHd and wrote a study and thesis about all the benifits using it. Would suggest you start out with 10 drops and work up to 20 once a day.

Replied by Chris


Are you extracting the cayenne in alcohol or glycerine or what? Could you explain what you mean by extracting with measurements? Thanks!

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I buy the Dr Christopher HOT Cayenne drops and put ONLY 1-2 drops (that is all it takes because each drop is --- per the label ---160,000 Scoville Heat Units Organic Cayenne Pepper AND 200,000 H.U. of Habanero Chili) in a glass of warm filtered water with 1/2 squeezed lemon.

I do this most mornings on an empty stomach for the myriad benefits of the Cayenne.

Replied by Jan B.

Do you make an extract with alcohol? What are the ratios?
Do you have a link to the PhD thesis?
Regards Jan

Bloody Noses

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Posted by Rob (Springfield, MO) on 11/15/2008
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Every winter since I was little I would get bloody noses because of the dry indoor air. Last winter it was bad. I was having at least one a day no matter how much I ran my humidifier. I came across this site and read about Cayenne Pepper helping with this problem. The day I started taking Cayenne Pepper pills was the last time I had a bloody nose! (It has been almost a year now) I take one in the morning with my vitamins and dont worry about my nose exploding every time I sneeze. Try it, you wont be disappointed!


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Posted by Crystal (Lawrenceville, GA) on 04/28/2007
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I have used all sorts of strange things for candida the only two things that have seemed to work are cayenne pepper and a colon cleanse -- you're supposed to use the colon cleanse for three mths but I only used it for one. But I will let you know.

I tried the pepper one day after reading all about dif. cures and realized oh yeah parasites come along with candida so you have to kill those off too!!! and cayenne pepper is a great thing for that. I had a really bad metallic taste in my mouth, got dehydrated and confused my eyes were foggy like I'd been swimming in chlorine so I tried the pepper and it knocked it out almost immediately!!! I should probably do a metal cleanse and a kidney cleanse also!!!

Cayenne and Surgery

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Posted by De Shawwn (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 09/22/2014
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I can attest to the effectiveness of cayenne pepper because March 17,2014. I had a major surgery. I was a severe anemic at the time and on the day of my surgery my doctor was advised several times by other medical personnel working with him to give me a blood transfusion BEFORE my surgery but he didn't.

I believe had it not been for me taking cayenne pepper before my surgery, the outcome of my surgery could have been devastating.

After the surgery I received a blood transfusion. No one could ever convince me that cayenne pepper is what allowed me to not bleed to death during my surgery because at the time of my surgery my blood was a 5.0 and remember I had a major surgery cut wide open from one side of my stomach to the other side.

My healing was amazing. 2 days after my surgery my cut had healed on the outside and I was walking around without any problem.

Cayenne Contraindications

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Posted by sandrasteam (florida) on 02/07/2021

Question - will the cayenne pepper thin a persons blood? My husband takes a baby aspirin a day.

Cayenne Contraindications
Posted by Unsure (Northridge, Ca.) on 03/31/2017
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Has anyone mixed cayenne pepper capsules with butcher's broom capsules? About a month ago, I started taking herbal supplements to not only improve my poor circulation, but also help with my 9 year edema issues. I have been on prescription diuretics from various doctors. None of them were getting to the root of the matter so I started taking at first Dandelion leaf capsules. No difference, then the parsley leaf with the cayenne capsules. (only one in the a.m. & then one in the p.m.) I am on heartburn medication also. I did notice some differences with the swelling of my ankles with the parsley. But I finished the bottle & started yesterday on the butchers broom.

Now I'm having chest pain like squeezing/sharp only on the left side of chest. But it comes & goes. When I take the cayenne & butchers broom capsules in the a.m. I don't have the chest pain.? Why only at night? I'm also on high blood pressure Prescription meds, also on high cholresterol, lasix, one for joint pain, one for thyroid, I just read an article that says don't take butchers broom if you have high blood pressure! I also am experiencing back of head pain but it to subsided. I'm done with the butchers broom! Will order the apple cider vinegar capsules next.

Will let you know how that goes!

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(Northern Ca)
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You have a lot going on and a lot of meds that could be messing you up. Lasix ALONE will cause mineral deficiencies, not just potassium, it throws all of them out. First, go to Youtube and watch Dead Doctors Don't Lie by Joel Wallach, and Somebody Needs to go To Jail, by Joel Wallach. That should get you a good footing. If you get junk mail vitamin Catalogues, save one and read it. It's like a little encyclopedia on what nutrients do. And no it's not all BS. That's how I started and years later got straight A's in Anatomy and physiology (two 5 unit classes) and biology, and organic chemistry. Because I already had a good foundation from understanding the vitamins and minerals and fatty acids, so those classes were just building on what I already knew. (I'm a nurse now, and MOST nurses I have worked with did not have that detailed knowledge and ordered the useless OTC supplements for house stock because of their lack of understanding, (E for example, has to be the natural form to be usable by the body, otherwise it is just going into the toilet. But she didn't know. I had to explain to a veteran nurse my first year out of school.)Anyway, you don't have to buy Wallach's products but you DO have to learn about the nutrients and make sure you get your 90 essentials including your 60 minerals. (Cheat sheet, I found a knock off brand called Tropical Oasis for $20, vs his $70) Compare the labels, know how to read your labels. He also has a book called Let's Play Doctor where he teaches people how to be responsible for their own health.

Cayenne Contraindications
Posted by Jeanne (Westlock Alberta) on 03/27/2014

Can a person do natural treatments such as cayenne and molasses if they are being treated by a doctor for blood clot in the right lung and the right leg with warfarin or other anticoagulant drugs? Is it too risky?

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(Ky, Usa)
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Jeanne: I see no problems w/ the BSM & Cayanne. Two herbs which to avoid during this drug treatment is Gingko biloba and White Willow as they are considerd "blood thinners".

Cayanne & Ginger work together very well to assist in improving circulation which reduces the risk of blood clotting stroke.

Omega 3 fats like Fish & Flax oil are recommended for keeping the blood thin but are considered "mild" anticoagulants and very much indicated in cardiovascular conditions.

Cayenne Pepper

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Posted by Alex (Australia) on 07/09/2014
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I find drinking cayenne pepper tea (a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water) helps to relieve hypnic jerks. Info on Cayenne pepper and all its benefits is just a google search away but it helps regulate blood pressure and is awesome for heart health. I had hypnic jerks last night for the first time in months and tried cayenne pepper tea (which you can also have with green tea and a dash of cinnamon or lemon etc - see many online recipes) - and I was DELIGHTED to see it eased my hypnic jerking when drifting off to sleep almost immediately after getting back to bed and tying to fall asleep!