Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cayenne for Cuts and Wounds


Cayenne pepper (also called Capsicum frutescens) to many is known as the king of herbs.  Not only is it a spice used in cooking, but it has many medicinally benefits which comes from the chemical called Capsaicin that gives peppers their heat.  The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
See your doctor for serious injuries

Stops Bleeding:  Applying cayenne pepper powder directly on a cut or wound can stop bleeding in a matter of seconds under most circumstances.  The cayenne causes the body to equalize the blood pressure in the wounded area and quickly starts to clot.
If the cut or wound is severe, it would be good to drink cayenne as well.

In quoting directly from Herbalist Dr. John Christopher's book
, School of Natural Healing …"take a teaspoonful of cayenne in a glass of extra-warm water, drink it down, and by the count of ten, the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalize, and the clotting becomes more rapid.  Whether the bleeding is internal or external, a teaspoon of cayenne taken orally in a glass of hot water will stop the bleeding quickly”.

Anti-fungal/Anti-bacterial: The results of a study published in Medical Mycology shows the anti-fungal compound of cayenne pepper:

Abstract Study:
"CAY-1, a novel saponin from Capsicum frutescens (commercially known as cayenne pepper), was investigated to determine its in vitro antifungal activity, mechanism of action and mammalian cell cytotoxicity. CAY-1 was active against 16 different fungal strains, including Candida spp. and Aspergillus fumigatus [minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) ranging from 4 to 16 µg ml-1], and was especially active against Cryptococcus neoformans (90% inhibition at 1 µg ml-1). Synergistic activity was also observed between CAY-1 and amphotericin B against Candida albicans and A. fumigatus. No significant cytotoxicity was demonstrated when CAY- 1 was tested against 55 mammalian cell lines at up to 100 µg ml-1. Importantly, CAY-1 appears to act by disrupting the membrane integrity of fungal cells."

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