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Cayenne, Capsicum annuum
Parts used: Fruits.
Constituents: Alkaloids, Flavonoids, Volatile oil, Carotenoid pigments, Steroidal saponins.
Actions: Stimulant, Diaphoretic, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Anti-cholesterol, Anti-haemorrhagic, Externally: Rubefacient, Antiseptic, Counter-irritant.
Indications:
Stimulates circulation and smooth muscle, affects heat regulation, desensitises nerve endings and reduces pain, neuralgia, shingles Poor peripheral circulation, anti-obesity.
Flatulence, digestive atony, colic, dyspepsia esp. in the elderly.
Angina with coronary insufficiency (NOT hypertension).
Lowers LDL`s, and prostaglandins associated with inflammation.
Haemorrhoids, toning to veins, stops bleeding.
Can burn sensitive individuals, use in low dosages.
Neuralgia, rheumatic pains, chilblains, lumbago, chronic laryngitis.
Stiff joints, bursitis, bruises, chilblains and shingles.
Herbal extract: 1:20 5-10mL per week and 1:3 1-2mL per week.
Energetics: Hot, very pungent. Dosha: VK- P+.
Meridians: lungs, spleen, stomach, heart.
Contraindications: Hypertension, peptic ulceration, hyperacidity, digestive tract inflammation. Increases the effectiveness of other herbs as it increases circulation.
Caution: Anticoagulants and before surgery.