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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy

Capsaicin refers to a wide variety of tropical pepper plants and the fruit they produce, especially those used in medicine. Common names for these plants are cayenne, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, sweet pepper, peppers, pimiento, paprika, red pepper, aji dulce, Hungarian pepper, and Mexican pepper. Capsicum contains capsaicin, a compound which stimulates circulation and alters temperature regulation. Applied topically, capsaicin desensitizes nerve endings and makes a good local anesthetic. The seed contains capsicidins, which are thought to have antibiotic properties.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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