Cayenne Pepper
"If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other."  - Dr. Richard SCHULZE, Medical Herbalist 

Cayenne pepper, actually a small red berry from the Capsicum annum or frutescens plants, creates heat when taken into the body, but it is not irritating or burning. The active oil, capsaicin, is now being studied in the treatment of some medical disorders. 

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One of the true natural stimulants for both energy and metabolism. It is believe that when cayenne pepper is used regularly that it has anticancer properties, which have not yet been studied other than epidemiologically in cayenne- and chili-using cultures. 
Cayenne pepper has been used to treat digestive disorders involving gas, nausea, or indigestion. It seems to stimulate gastric secretions and peristaltic activity and is actually thought to be soothing to the mucosal linings even though it is heating. It has been used herbally in the treatment of ulcers and for other gastrointestinal disease and, at diluted levels, even for eye irritation. As a throat lozenge ingredient, cayenne can help reduce soreness or inflammation. There is also belief that cayenne reduces clotting mechanisms, which may help reduce risk in cardiovascular diseases; for this reason it should be avoided by people on anticoagulant drugs. Cayenne is also used topically to provide local relief from joint pain or stiffness or sore muscles. It seems to enhance circulation and is sometimes helpful in treating certain headaches. 

As a supplement, cayenne pepper has been used for years for cardiovascular support. It cleans the blood and stimulates the entire system. Dr Christopher, one of the leaders in American Herbal medicine, often called Dr Cayenne, used it to help cure almost every malady that appeared in his office. For stomach ulcers, he recommended one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water three times a day, and cured many a stomach ulcer. For those of you who balk at drinking really hot cayenne pepper, you may take the capsules, but always with food. However, for a heart attack, the capsules will not work: Dr Christopher witnessed time and time again that one cup of hot cayenne pepper will stop a heart attack in three minutes or less. A good tincture of cayenne (or drops of some of your stronger hot sauce) will also work. Dr Schulze recommends carrying a cayenne tincture with you at all times in the glove compartment of your car. It might be the only first aid you need. 

In a lecture by Dr Richard Schulze, master herbalist, we learned the following: A man had an inoperable brain tumor and told that he might have a 5% chance of survival with chemotherapy. He went home, did a colon/liver detox and started a regimen of  ten cups per day of cayenne pepper tea. In three months he returned to his doctor and his x-rays showed a dried up, dead tumor in his head. Dr Schulze explains this cure thusly: Cayenne pepper contains many wonderful phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. It cleans the blood allowing hormonal signals to make their way unimpeded through your system, thus the enhanced immune response. In countries that have some very hot cuisine, you find significantly lower cancer and heart disease rates. 
Suggested Dosage:
 Preventative: Cayenne pepper can be taken in capsules or as powder in water or used in cooking. 
Therapeutic: in people who have weak circulation, such as cold extremities, arteriosclerosis, or heart problems, taking 100 to 500 mg of powder in capsules or half a small teaspoon with a glass of water daily is suggested. 
Where can you get it?
Grow your own, at grocery stores, markets or in capsules from your local health pharmacy.
Side Affects/Warnings:
In Mexico, overuse of Cayenne Pepper has been associated with an increase in stomach cancer. It can also aggravate inflammations.

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