Cayenne Pepper and Medicinal Qualities
Dr. Patrick Quillin: "Cayenne pepper - prized for thousands
of years for its healing power. Folklore from around the world
recounts amazing results using cayenne pepper in simple healing
and in baffling health problems. But cayenne pepper is not just a healer from ancient history.
Recent clinical studies have been conducted on many of the old-time
health applications for this miracle herb. Again and again,
the therapeutic value of cayenne pepper has been medically validated."
Dyspepsia Symptoms Reduced
In a recent letter to the editors of the New England Journal
of Medicine, three Italian doctors describe how they were able
to reduce patients' reported dyspepsia symptoms by more than
half - by prescribing red pepper powder. In a study of 30 patients
with functional dyspepsia, half of the participants received
a placebo, while the other half took 2.5 grams of red pepper
powder each day (divided into capsules taken before each of
three meals). Both groups took their respective treatments for
five weeks, and rated their symptoms each day on a scale of
zero to three (higher scores indicated more severe symptoms).
By the third week, the red pepper group showed a significant
advantage over the control group. And by week five, the pepper
group's symptoms had declined 60 percent from their baseline
while the control group's scores had only decreased
about half as much. The symptom scores included ratings for
pain, a feeling of fullness, nausea, and an overall score. The
red pepper powder produced significant gains in all four areas.
Many herbalists believe that Cayenne is the most useful and
valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive
system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts
as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs
when used with them.
Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is a very
high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes,
and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is
one of the reasons it is good for the heart.
Cayenne is a Potent herb in benefiting the Digestive system
Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic
action in the intestines. It aids elimination and assimilation,
and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so
necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of
proteins. All this becomes very significant when we realize
that the digestive system plays the most important role in mental,
emotional and physical health, as it is through the digestive
system that the brain, glands, muscles and every other part of the body are fed.
Cayenne has the extraordinary ability to enhance cardiovascular performance
Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds.
For example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart
attack, his daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his
mouth. He was pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few
minutes, he regained consciousness. On the way to the hospital,
he remained in a semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept
giving him the Cayenne extract. By the time they got to the
hospital, he had fully recovered and wanted to go home and mow
the lawn. The doctor asked what she had given him, as he said
it was the closest thing to a miracle he had ever seen.
Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is said to be unequal for its ability to boost circulation and increase heart action. Capsicum exerts
a variety of desirable actions on the entire cardiovascular
system. It has the extraordinary ability to enhance cardiovascular
performance while actually lowering blood pressure. Capsicum
has an energizing effect on the entire system. It has traditionally
been used for overcoming fatigue and restor ing stamina and vigor.
It is a natural stimulant without the threatening side effects
(palpitations, hyper-activity or rise in blood pressure) of
most other stimulating agents.
Because Capsicum boots peripheral circulation and stimulates
organ secretion, it expedites the therapeutic delivery and action
of nutrients in the body. It will ensure the rapid and even
distribution of the active principles of available nutrients
to critical function centers, including those involved in cellular
respiration, metabolic data transmission and neural-hormonal
action. The remarkable ability of Capsicum to stimulate organ
secretion and even heart action makes it one of the strongest
natural stimulants known. Clearly, Capsicum should be considered
nothing less than a wonder herb that has scientifically proven its worth!
If you want to carry something in your first aid kit for
a heart attack, carry a cayenne tincture. Even a bottle of Tabasco
Sauce® might be good enough. Dr Christopher discovered that
a cup of cayenne tea, one tsp of cayenne in a cup of hot water,
stopped a heart attack in under three minutes. If you feel one
coming on, try a few droppers-full of cayenne tincture and if
that doesn't stop it, then nitroglycerin wouldn't work either.
If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon
of extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne
in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed.
Dr. Anderson also knew of a doctor who rushed out into the parking
lot and put cayenne tincture into the mouth of a man who had
died of a heart attack while he was parking his car. Within
a few minutes, the mans heart starting beating again.
According to Dr. Richard Anderson, using cayenne and hawthorn
berries together has a most incredible effect upon the heart.
He believes that a regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries for
several months will greatly strengthen the heart, and possibly
prevent heart attacks. He states further that if an attack were
to occur in someone who had followed this regimen, chances are
very good that no damage would occur.
Dr. Richard Anderson tells this story about his mother
“I had her taking hawthorn berries and cayenne when she had a heart attack at the age of 79. Her diet had not been the best,
and she was in an extremely stressful situation. While in the hospital, they found three
blocked arteries and wanted to operate immediately. They did
not think that she could survive for more than a few weeks if
they didn't operate. (How many have heard that story!) The doctors
thought it would be very risky to operate, but they had her
there, and there was a lot of money to be made. So they decided
to take some tests in the hopes that they could find an excuse
to operate. In spite of the fact that she had been taking lots
of aspirin for her arthritis, smoked like she was the reincarnation
of a boiler factory, and had just had a heart attack, they found
that her heart was incredibly strong. In fact, they felt that
her heart was stronger than most people in their 30s! The good
news was that not only did she survive the operation, but also
she stopped smoking! Well worth the operation, don't you think?
In my opinion, that was the best thing the doctors ever did
for her. Well, that is what hawthorn and cayenne can do for
the heart, and every good herbalist knows it; every good doctor
should also know it, but very few do.”
Have Cayenne Extract available for Emergencies
It is a good idea to always have some Cayenne extract on hand
for emergencies. Dr. Anderson carries capsules of cayenne with
him in the car and whenever he goes hiking, backpacking or mountain
climbing. He says, “You never know when you may find someone
having a heart attack or some other emergency.”
The following stories demonstrate only a few of the remarkable
emergency uses of cayenne:
If a hemorrhage occurs in the lungs, stomach, uterus or nose,
it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract (or a teaspoon of
cayenne powder in a cup of hot water) be given every 15 minutes
until the crisis has passed. The bleeding should stop in 10-30
seconds. The reason for this is that rather than the blood pressure
being centralized, it is equalized by the Cayenne, and the clotting
action of the blood becomes more rapid. For external bleeding,
take cayenne internally and pour cayenne directly on the wound.
Studies may indicate Dyspepsia relief
In a double-blind study, 30 individuals with dyspepsia were
given either 2.5 grams daily of red pepper powder (divided up
and taken prior to meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third
week of treatment, individuals taking red pepper were experiencing
significant improvements in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared
to placebo, and these relative improvement lasted through the end of the study.
A placebo-controlled crossover study failed to find benefit,
but it only enrolled 11 participants, far too few to have much
chance of identifying a treatment effect.
All double-blind studies of topical capsaicin (or cayenne)
suffer from one drawback: it isn't really possible to hide the
burning sensation that occurs during initial use of the treatment.
For this reason, such studies probably aren't truly double-blind.
It has been suggested that instead of an inactive placebo, researchers should use some other substance (such as camphor)
that causes at least mild burning. However, such treatments
might also have therapeutic benefits; they have a long history
of use for pain as well.
Because of these complications, the evidence for topical
treatments cited below is less meaningful than it might at first appear.
Capsaicin cream helpful pain-relieving treatment
Capsaicin cream is well established as a modestly helpful pain-relieving
treatment for post-herpetic neuropathy (the pain that lingers
after an attack of shingles) peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain
that occurs most commonly as a side effect of diabetes, but
may occur with HIV as well as other conditions), nerve pain
after cancer surgery and arthritis.
Capsaicin instilled into the nose may be helpful for cluster
headache. (The fact that this has even been considered a viable
treatment option shows how painful cluster headaches can be!)
Actual cayenne rather than capsaicin has been tested for pain
as well. A 3-week, double-blind trial of 154 individuals with
back pain found that cayenne applied topically as a plaster
improved pain to a greater extent than placebo.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of almost 200 individuals
found that use of topical capsaicin can improve itching as well
as overall severity of psoriasis. Benefits were also seen in
a smaller double-blind study of topical capsaicin for psoriasis.
Topical capsaicin is thought to be helpful for various itchy
skin conditions, such as prurigo nodularis, but double-blind
studies are lacking.
Researchers found capsaicin exhibited anticancer activity (it
induced programmed cell death to human cancer cells without
affecting normal cells) against pancreatic cancer, an aggressive
form of the disease typified by exceptionally poor outcomes."
Chronic headache sufferers may soon have some new alternatives.
The active ingredient in cayenne peppers, capsaicin, is believed
to bring headache relief by depleting Substance P, a neurotransmitter
that helps send pain signals.
Grow Your Own Organic
Cayenne Peppers in Your Backyard or in Container
Richard Schulze - "If you take cayenne pepper in capsules,
you may be wasting your time and never getting the cures I got with my patients."
Never Lost one Heart Attack Patient
Dr. Christopher - "In 35 years of practice,
and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house
calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever
I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup
of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water,
and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the
fastest acting aids we could ever give for the heart, because
it feeds that heart immediately. Most hearts are suffering from
malnutrition because of processed food we are eating, but here
it gets a good powerful dose of real food and it's something
that has brought people in time after time. This is something
that everyone should know how great it is, because a
heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones any time. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets,
capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell structure--makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and it goes
directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it in powerful food."
To show the value of cayenne, and how great it is, and what
a wonderful heart food it is, this story has been repeated in
a number of publications on doctors in the East who put some
live heart tissue into a sterile beaker filled with distilled
water, and fed it nothing but cayenne pepper, cleaning off sediments
periodically and adding nothing but distilled water from natural
evaporation. During the time that they were feeding the heart
tissue, they would have to trim it continually every few days
because it would grow so rapidly. Having no control glands (pituitary
and pineal glands), the tissue just continued to grow rapidly
and, because of this, they had to watch it over the years and
the doctors and associates kept the heart tissue alive for fifteen years.
After the doctor died, his associates kept it alive for two
more years before destroying it so they could do more research
work on it. This shows the high food value cayenne gives to
heart tissue. This is why so many, many amazing instances have
come to light, people who have used cayenne when they had heart
attacks because, in most cases, your heart attack is a case
of malnutrition. The heart hasn't had a decent meal for so long
that it is practically starved, and we give it immediately a
good meal instead of whipping it with nitroglycerin or digitalis
or some other type of drug to force it to beat rapidly to bring
more food values to the heart so that it could find a little
help to keep going. Here we give the cayenne directly to the
system, and it goes into the heart area acting as a good full
meal. Many fast responses come from this."
Left for Dead This book digs up the dirt on the medical establishment saying that heart surgery
can nearly kill you
and do you no good in the end, all done with a whopping price-tag. Drugs are favored over herbs since they
can be patented and
sold to patients for great profits. Dick Quinn gives his personal testimony about nearly dying from heart
surgery, but finally
getting well by taking Cayenne, Garlic, Onion
and other herbs, but mainly Cayenne.
He scoured the earth looking
for the hottest Cayenne he could find to burn his insides out!
But no matter how much it burns, it's all good for you. He started
his own herb company servicing mainly heart conditions which
had a lot of loyal customers until the FDA... shut him down
because his cure was effective and cheap, and the medical establishment
did not profit. I ran out and bought some Cayenne and popped
several daily. I really didn't get the energy boost he got,
but I suppose they're helping.
The book tells his story first,
then describes some herbs secondly, and then ends with the disadvantages
of heart surgery. There are sage quotes about the medical establishment
and goodness of healing herbs throughout the book from distinguished
men. The book seems somewhat disjointed as it goes into its
different, but inter-related parts written by different authors.
Quinn's story is short, skims the surface, and has some drama,
but certainly is not a candidate for an Oscar winning movie.
The writing style is direct, conversational, and informative
and skips all literary flourishes to get the news out that herbs
can heal. I found particularly interesting that drugs like aspirin
merely synthetically imitate the healing effects of herbs, such
as aspirin being derived from Willow Bark.
Historical or traditional use of cayenne
The potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as medicine
for centuries. It was considered helpful for various conditions
of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas.
Cayenne was frequently used to improve and strengthen the
circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in
herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance
believed to improve circulation). Rubbed on the skin,
cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy
for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed
a counter-irritant effect. A counter irritant is something
which causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied,
thus distracting from the original irritation (such
as joint pain in the case of arthritis).
Cayenne has amazing Recuperative powers
"Cayenne has the ability to clear the blood of matter and
gases that cause digestive problems and to help people who
suffer from cold hands or feet. It alleviates inflammation and
can break up the deposits that contribute to the pain of arthritis.
It clears sinus congestion, conjunctivitis, and spongy, bleeding
gums. Because it also has astringent qualities, it can stop
bleeding and prevent swelling. A source of Vitamin C, it rejuvenates
the entire body when energy is depleted and is such a powerful
stimulant that just a few sips of cayenne water or a few grains
of cayenne on the lips may help prevent shock or depression
in times of physical or emotional trauma. And it is believed
to be a good tonic for strengthening the heart. From my studies
and my own experience with cayenne, I consider it to be an important
ingredient for anybody interested in taking educated and careful
responsibility for his or her own well-being in situations that
are not serious enough to require a doctor's care or in circumstances
in which medical attention is not immediately available. "
More Nutrients for the Heart - Cardiovascular System
Hypertension, heart disease and strokes are problems that
start with the lining of arteries, called the endothelium. When
the cell membranes of the endothelium are inflamed, oxidized,
toxic and lacking in energy, they go into spasms (blood pressure
goes up, and
transient lack of circulation in the coronaries
is noted, as well as damage to the brain), they become more
sticky, and clotting is augmented (cholesterol then sticks to
the lining, starting plaque formation, and decreased circulation
to the heart and brain). What modern medicine largely ignores
is the amazing power of our bodies to heal themselves
Botanical Influences on Cardiovascular Disease
The best-known herb for the heart in western herbalism is
Hawthorn (Crataegus). The extract of hawthorn can increase blood
flow to the heart muscle itself, helping to counteract one of
the most common modern causes of death in industrial countries--heart
attack due to lack of blood flow to the heart. In pharmacological
tests on both animals and humans, hawthorn has been shown to
improve the contractibility of the heart muscle (which can lead
to a stronger pumping action of the heart), increase cardiac
performance and output, lower the peripheral vascular resistance
(reducing the workload of the heart), steady the heartbeat (anti-arrhythmic
effect), as well as increasing the heart's tolerance to oxygen
deficiency, such as might happen during stress or excitement,
or in diseases where the arteries are partially blocked."
Making Tinctures -An Example with Cayenne Tincture
by Dr. Schulze
- Start to make this and ANY Tincture, if possible, on
a NEW Moon.
- Take a Quart Canning Jar and fill it 1/4 FULL with DRIED
Cayenne Peppers, getting the HOTTEST ones (i.e. - Habanero,
African Bird, Serrano, Jalapeño - 90,000+ Heat Units), that
you can obtain.
- Add enough 50% Grain Alcohol (100 Proof Vodka) to the
Cayenne Peppers (powdered, using a Blender or Grinder) to
just COVER them.
- Use enough FRESH Cayenne Peppers, that you can blend
with 50% Grain Alcohol (100 Proof Vodka) to turn the Mixture
into an Apple Sauce-Like Consistency.
- Add this Mixture to the 1st Mixture, filling up the
Canning Jar 3/4 FULL.
- Fill up the rest of the Canning Jar with MORE 50% Grain
Alcohol (100 Proof Vodka).
- Shake it as MANY times as possible, during the Day.
- Let this Mixture SIT, until the following FULL Moon
but OPTIMALLY until the following NEW Moon (28-29 Days)!
- Strain this Mixture through an UNBLEACHED Coffee Filter.
- Bottle the RESULTING Tincture.
NOTE: Part EQUALS Volume, NOT Weight in this Tincture Method.
If using 95% Alcohol (190 Proof), then DILUTE in half with Distilled
Water. Modify this procedure by using DRIED Herbs ONLY, if FRESH
Herbs are NOT AVAILABLE, and when making other Herbal Tinctures
also. Also if you want to make a SUPER-POTENT Tincture (i.e.
- Cayenne Pepper & Lobelia Seed Pod), then allow the Mixture
to sit for a FULL 3 Months!
Surviving a heart attack without hospital intervention
A testimonial by Shirley (author of this website)
My husband had a severe heart attack (MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION
- an area of tissue death due to blocking off of its blood supply).
I credit his full recovery to the following: hawthorn berries
(crataegus) extract--- 10 drops twice a day; kyolic (aged garlic),
magnesium citrate, ginseng, flax-oil, selenium, zinc, vitamins
A and E as well as other multi vitamins; and 2 tablespoons of
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