Capsaicin Used To Treat Pain

 – September 23, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

For thousands of years, the Chinese have used extracts of the chili pepper to treat pain. Now, some modern day doctors are using the chili pepper chemical called capsaicin to treat the pain of irritated nerves. That nerve pain is called neuropathy, and it's common in diabetes, shingles virus infections and in HIV-AIDS. Capsaicin in low doses already appears in creams for painful arthritic joints. Hot peppers all contain capsaicin; it's what makes them hot. And some new patches contain capsaicin to treat the pain and pins and needles feeling of neuropathy, nerve irritation often in the hands and feet. "The symptom that most prominent is pain and it turns out that this is something not well recognized by most physicians or treated aggressively," said Dr. David Simpson, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Simpson is now doing a study at Mount Sinai on neuropathy, seeing people with diabetes. Learn More