Muscle Aches and Remedies Part 3

Capsacin is the HOT in hot peppers. It is one of our oldest medicinal herbs. Archaeologists have found remains of hot chilies in Mexican sites dating to 7000 B.C., and the fiery fruits of the capsicum plant played and important role in ancient Aztec and Mayan mythology.

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Capsaicin is so strong that people can detect it at a concentration as low as just one part in eleven million. If it is applied to the skin, a warm or even burning sensation results. This effect led to the inclusion of hot peppers or capsaicin in many muscle soothers, and arthritis rubs, including Heet liniment, ThermoRub Lotion, Sloan’s Liniment, Stimurub, and Omega Oil iqos dubai.

Some of these lotions have been around a long time. Heet Liniment was responsible for the development of the scientific scale used to measure pepper hotness. In 1912 Wilbur Scoville, a pharmacologist working for Parke Davis, needed to standardize the pepper extract used to make Heet. He invented a scale that required a panel of tasters.

Nowadays high-tech machines measure the hotness of peppers which range from 3,000 to 5,000 Scoville units for a jalapeno to about 50,000 Scoville units for a cayenne pepper. The very hottest, the habaneros, weigh in at 200,000 to 300,000 Scoville units. Pure capsaicin is 15 million units.

For a long time capsaicin was thought to work as a “counterirritant” much like oil of wintergreen. Now we know that capsaicin depletes the nerve endings of something called substance P. This neurochemical seems to be necessary for transmitting the sensations of pain to the brain.

With repeated applications of essence of hot peppers, it is possible to diminish the discomfort associated with arthritis, muscle aches, postherpetic neuralgia (excruciating nerve pain that sometimes follows a shingles attack), diabetic neuropathy, and even cluster headaches (when gently applied to the nasal passages).

Do not try this last treatment without medical supervision. And if you use any hot pepper product be careful to avoid any contact with eyes, mucous membranes, broken, or irritated skin. That means using disposable gloves or washing hands very carefully after applying.

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