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Old 01-26-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Cayenne pepper for improved blood flow

Cayenne pepper for improved blood flow

Cayenne pepper (also called Capsicum frutescens) is a stimulating herb made from the dried pods of chili peppers and is well known for its pungent taste and smell. Cayenne is a popular spice used in many different regional styles of cooking, but it has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Cayenne is often referred to as chili, which is the Aztec name for cayenne pepper.

The main medicinal properties of cayenne are derived from a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is the ingredient which gives peppers their HEAT. A pepper's capsaicin content ranges from 0-1.5%. Peppers are measured according to heat units. The degree of heat determines the peppers' usage and value. Generally, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. In addition to adding heat to the pepper, capsaicin acts to reduce platelet stickiness and relieve pain. Other constituents of cayenne are vitamins E, vitamin C and carotenoids.

Today cayenne is used worldwide to treat a variety of health conditions, including poor circulation, weak digestion, heart disease, chronic pain, sore throats, headaches and toothache.

Ayurveda also utilizes cayenne to treat poor digestion and gas. Chinese medicine uses cayenne for digestive ailments.

When taken internally, cayenne soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and saliva. These secretions contain substances which help digest food.

Cayenne is the greatest herbal aid to circulation and can be used on a regular basis. Dr. Richard Schulze, the medical herbalist, says that "If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other."

Cayenne moves blood
There is no other herb which increases your blood flow faster than cayenne. Cayenne moves blood. When people ask Dr. Schultze, "What are the 10 most important herbs to have in the home?" He tells them, "At the top of the list is cayenne pepper, because it will make the other 9 work better."

Cayenne is the greatest blood circulation stimulant known. You can take all the milk thistle you want, but if you have bad circulation to your liver, it's not going to do you any good. Cayenne increases your blood circulation immediately within seconds, more than any other herb.

When you have a sick area, there's often a restriction of blood flow to that area. Blood flow is what takes nutrition and the healing properties of herbs to those cells. Blood flow is also what carries out and removes waste material. Cayenne pepper is like TNT. It blasts through all that blockage to get to that area which is sick, taking with it all the minerals and vitamins from the foods you eat, and all the vital chemicals from the herbs you take - all the way to the sick area.

Cayenne pepper is usually labeled 40,000, 60,000, 90,000 or more heat units. Generally, the higher the number of heat units, the more beneficial. The lower-heat cayenne peppers are a lot less efficient, and they are the ones which are most highly contaminated. These are the ones you see labeled for 30,000 heat units. These are the ones to stay away from.

People who are not used to cayenne just need to work their way up. One problem people have is that they blow their mouths with cayenne, right off the bat. For those who have never used cayenne pepper before, a good initial dosage is 1/16th of a teaspoonful in some juice. Work your way up in dosage slowly. Put a small amount in some juice, stir and drink. Delicious.

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It is recommended that the cayenne powder be used, as opposed to capsules. It is believed that you are only getting a small part of the potential effect of cayenne pepper by taking it in capsules. When you put cayenne in your mouth, your stomach secretes digestive juices before the cayenne ever gets there. So when the cayenne gets down there, your stomach is ready for it.

But if you swallow a capsule, your tongue tastes nothing. A capsule goes down in your stomach, and your stomach notices nothing, at first. Then, 5 minutes later the gelatin bursts, and you have a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in your stomach and your body is shocked. You surprised it.

What is going on is that some of cayenne's healing action occurs right in your mouth. As cayenne touches your tongue, the cayenne absorbs in seconds and nerve endings send signals throughout the body - sending waves of fresh blood throughout your body.

My favorite source for high quality, non-irradiated cayenne pepper by the pound is here. I also like Puritan Pride's special "Buy 1 Get 2 FREE" promotions on cayenne.



I highly recommend the book "The Health Benefits of Cayenne" by John Heinerman if you want to learn more about the power of cayenne. There is no other herb stronger or more effective than cayenne to make immediate physiological and metabolic changes in the body.

Sure, there are a few heating herbs like Ginger and horseradish, but what other herb can you put in somebody's mouth and all of a sudden it makes their faces look like cherries? I don't know another herb that will do that, and cayenne does that through your whole body. Use it to improve blood flow throughout your body.

http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxifi...et/cayenne.htm
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http://www.allsands.com/health/cayenneherbsme_hq_gn.htm

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I keep a small bottle of cayenne in my first aid kit. It is an excellent blood clotting agent that can be applied directly to wounds, even serious ones. It is eventually absorbed by the body as the wound heals. It not only causes no problems in the wound, it helps prevent infection and promotes more rapid healing with less scarring. You would think it would be very painful to put cayenne in a wound, but it is not at all.

It can also be adminstered orally to slow bleeding and lessen the chance of the victim going into shock from blood loss. At the same time, it is a blood purifier, and limits the bad effects of stress toxins while helping purge them from the system.

Cayenne is really great stuff, both for emergencies and as a daily supplement. It is a staple cooking ingredient for me as well.
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I keep a small bottle of cayenne in my first aid kit. It is an excellent blood clotting agent that can be applied directly to wounds, even serious ones. It is eventually absorbed by the body as the wound heals. It not only causes no problems in the wound, it helps prevent infection and promotes more rapid healing with less scarring. You would think it would be very painful to put cayenne in a wound, but it is not at all.

It can also be adminstered orally to slow bleeding and lessen the chance of the victim going into shock from blood loss. At the same time, it is a blood purifier, and limits the bad effects of stress toxins while helping purge them from the system.

Cayenne is really great stuff, both for emergencies and as a daily supplement. It is a staple cooking ingredient for me as well.
I'm curious--the original article says that it increases blood flow and reduces platelet stickiness. How can it do both?

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It is a little unusual but It does work and its been used in folk medicine for all kinds of bleeding. As to the mechanism I'm at a loss.

As a guess I would say that it works like a physical barrier much like any other starch i.e. potato starch a component of many "quick clot" type topically applied powders.
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You are talking about cayenne pepper, as a powdered herb, in direct contact with blood in a wound; and the bioactive substances in cayenne that make it through the digestive process into the blood stream in a form modified by that process. Those are obviously radically different things.
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This is an interesting site. In the text it gives a method for making Cayenne tincture. Some of the stories about heart attack are worth noting:

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/cayenne.htm
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Dr. James Privitera
"Blood Clots"
Dr. James Privitera is a specialist in allergy and nutrition. He advises physicians from around the world on the use of darkfield and live cell analysis. He is in private practice in Covina, California.

To contact Dr. Privitera:

James R. Privitera, M.D.
105 N. Grandview
Covina, Ca 91723
(626) 966-1618

His book is entitled: Silent Clots: Life's Biggest Killers. It is an in-depth study of blood clotting research and treatment.

Excess clotting causes major problems including heart attacks and strokes. Even small clots, when excessive, can cause major problems. Other symptoms include headaches, angina, and chest pain.

PREVENTION:
For migraines:
Fish oils (Omega 3-6-9 Fatty acids)

Heparin under the tongue (prescription only)

Magnesium

Garlic

Feverfew - breaks up platelet aggregation)

For clots:
Fish oils and GLA - produce prostaglandin - reduce inflammation

Olive Leaf Extract: potent antioxidant 40 times more potent than Vit E

Oxidation causes red cells to get stiff and brittle so they cannot enter capillaries to release oxygen so anti-oxidants are extremely important

Folic Acid - found in green vegetables - takes homocystein out of the body (an amino acid that causes iritation to the inside membrane of the artery so clots form)
Reduce Stress: when cortisol levels go up, platelets stick together & cause clots. "Be Anxious in Nothing..."

Eat less saturated fat. Choose lamb, veal, fish

Wine contains grape seed extract which is 40 times more powerful than Vitamin E. Use in moderation.

Thyroid thins the blood. If you have low thyroid, choose Armour thyroid (a natural form of thyroid supplementation) Check your thyroid by taking your basal body temperature in the morning. If it is below 97 or 98 degrees, you may be hypothyroid and need medication

A test exists called a Fast CAT Scan which is a coronary artery scan. It costs approximately 400 dollars and can detect how much plaque you have in your arteries.

Dr. Privitera's Program for Anti-Clotting
Try God & natural substances first. If you do not get results, then go to synthetics if necessary.

Fish Oils: Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids 3-5 per day

Potassium/Magnesium citrate

Calcium: Take at night; otherwise it may make you drowsy. He recommends a
Cal/mag combination, 3 daily.

Exercise: Find something you like to do; otherwise it may cause stress

Cayenne Pepper: Stops bleeding; stops clots.

Try a blend of 1/2 lemon, some maple syrup & some cayenne pepper
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Being an unrepentant chili head, I can attest to the effects that capsaicin has on the body. Few things get the heart pumping and the blood flowing like hot peppers.
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When I eat a bowl of my Texas chili, I actually get a mild 'high'. I think that chilies are a euphoric, if you can stand the heat of a really potent dose.
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Interesting Ought, take a look at this:

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/p...348029538.html

What About The Capsaicin Addiction? It is said that the burning sensation from capsaicin is addictive. It is also said that one becomes “conditioned” to this sensation. The reason is that during the eating of chiles, a chemical in the chile pepper called Capsaicin, irritates the trigeminal cells. These are pain receptor cells located throughout the mouth, the nose and the throat. When your body's nerves feel the pain induced by the chemical on these cells, they immediately start to transmit pain messages to your brain. Your brain receives these signals and responds by automatically releasing endorphins (the body's natural painkiller). These endorphins kick in and act as a painkiller and at the same time, create a temporary feeling of euphoria, giving the chile pepper eater, a natural high. As some may know by tasting several jalapenos, this heat level can vary from pod to pod, as the result of growth condition and genetics. This is why you see a range of SHU’s above. Each pod has its own "personality".
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Endorphins are a class of neurotransmitters produced by the body to respond to any kind of pain, and bonds to some of the same receptors in the brain as the opioid morphine. The term itself is a blend of two words coined by American scientists Rabi Simantov and Solomon H. Snyder, “endogenous” and “morphine" and literally means "morphine produced naturally in the body.” Endorphins are also known to cause a sense of well-being, and is the attributed cause of a phenomenon called “runner's high.” This is largely because its release is triggered by exercise, which puts a great deal of wear and tear on the body and causing muscle pain. The muscle pain in turn becomes the signal for the body to release endorphins. Similarly, capsaicin has also been known to trigger the release of endorphins.

But it is the feeling of numbness that scientists would like to explore further. By bathing surgically exposed nerves in a high enough dose of capsaicin, the area should be numbed for weeks, translating to less pain and suffering for those who have just undergone surgery. It means that patients will require fewer opioid painkillers as they heal. Opioid painkillers are also fraught with serious side effects that limit their use, and are potentially addictive. The most common side effects of opioids (morphine) include euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dilated pupils and respiratory depression. Some side effects may be harmful or even lethal. But with capsaicin, research suggests that a one-time dose applied to the wound that works inside the wound, allowing patients to start physical therapy after surgery without needing to be incapacitated by the side effects of opiate-based painkillers
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When I went looking for cayenne pepper in the seasoning sections of stores I did not find it.

I finally found one jar marked "cayenne pepper" and "crushed red pepper" on a shelf with all the other bottles marked just "crushed red pepper". So I've been using that.

It is pretty hot but I don't think it is necessarily cayenne.

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Cayenne is dried cayenne chile peppers that have been ground to a powder. Do not buy cayenne from the seasoning section of your supermarket. You will pay far too much for it, and it will have sat in a warehouse for far too long. What you want is fresh-ground cayenne that has not been sitting there oxidizing for months or years.

The best place to go is a specialty spice store. There is a place down behind the Pike Place Public Market in Seattle called World Spice Merchants that is my absolute favorite spice store. Some Indian markets carry cayenne, too, along with an amazing array of other spices. If you have a Mexican market near you, they may sell cayenne in bulk, too.

The next best place to get it is at health food stores that sell bulk herbs. I usually go to PCC Natural Markets for mine, just because one of their stores is on the way home from work for me. They sell nice fresh cayenne that is guaranteed to be 90,000 SHUs (that means its very hot). Some Whole Foods carry bulks spices at well. Also, Fred Meyer stores have bulk cayenne in their health food section.

If all you have is a supermarket, check the Mexican foods section. They usually have a peg board display with clear bags of herbs. They will at least be a lot cheaper than the stuff in the spice section, and if there are a lot of Mexican people and/or chileheads in your area, it will be fresher due to high turnover.

The other option is to buy online. It will not be worth is for just a little cayenne, as the shipping cost will be several dollars. But if you are ordering a bunch of spices anyways, definitely add a few ounces of cayenne to the order. This is World Spice Merchants' website:

http://www.worldspice.com/home/home.shtml
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I buy bags of dried peppers, red, and one seed is enough to cause hick ups, which is generally, demonstrative of a very hot pepper.

I use them in cooking, and add them to my herbal extract elixir, meaning beneficial herbs in vodka.

Whether or not they do all they say then can do...I use them to 'be all I can be.'

May not be much, but hot peppers, make me 'hotter.' Thats the truth!
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Cayenne sprinkled on popcorn is good....



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Yeah, I put cayenne and garlic salt on my popcorn. My relatives think I am insane.
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