This is why
ointments containing capsaicin have been clinically proven to help
relieve the pain of arthritis, shingles, psoriasis (red scaly lesions
on the skin) and fibromyalgia. Capsaicin ointment has also become
the treatment of choice for peripheral neuropathy (numbness and
tingling sensation in the extremities as seen with diabetes) and
pain from skin cancer.
can lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol along with reducing triglyceride
levels. In addition, capsaicin can help clear up congested bronchial
tubes or a stuffy nose. Despite popular misconceptions, hot peppers
do not cause ulcers or gallbladder problems.
I will now
discuss how to prepare the cayenne tincture and cayenne powder in
your own home. It is very simple to do and could be lifesaving!
Tincture and Cayenne Powder: ** Alcohol (vodka-40%) is used to extract
the medicinal properties of the herbs and is a preservative as well.
For those who are concerned with ingesting the alcohol after the
tincture is prepared, there is a simple way to eliminate the alcohol.
(a.)Boil a few ounces of water in a pan (b.) Add the amount of tincture
you wish to take (i.e. a few drops/dropperful(s)) to that water
so that the alcohol will immediately evaporate and drink that water
after it has cooled. Another alternative is to put the tincture
into a cup and add boiling water to it. Drink this after the water
has cooled. **
fresh peppers from the grocery store (preferably organic) and
wash them thoroughly.
- Dry the peppers
in the following manner. Cut them in half and then string them
together using a needle and cotton thread.
- Hang the
peppers away from sunlight until they are dry. 4) Grind the peppers
in a coffee grinder into a powder once the peppers are dried.
- Take a canning
jar (quart size) and fill it up ¼ of the way with the dried
- Add alcohol
(40% or 80 proof) to just cover these powdered chilies or approximately
1 inch in depth of alcohol.
- In a blender
add some fresh chili peppers and enough alcohol (80 proof) to
blend this into an applesauce consistency. Make enough of this
to fill your canning jar up to ¾ of the way full.
- Top this
off with more alcohol (80 proof).
Note: It is
ideal to start this procedure on the new moon and let it sit until
the full moon. This is approximately 14 days. Shake it several times
a day in these two weeks before straining the liquid on the full
On the full
moon, strain it through a clean cloth pressing very well. Bottle
this tincture. Please be sure to wash your hands very thoroughly
as the cayenne stays on your hands!!
keep a bottle of this cayenne tincture or bag the cayenne powder
in your kitchen, the glove compartment of your cars, etc. as it
can be life saving!!
stop bleeding extremely rapidly. For example, while my mother was
cutting some vegetables, she cut her finger and had a severe gash
which might have required stitches. She immediately flushed the
wound with cayenne tincture (1-4 dropperfuls) and then packed the
wound with cayenne powder. Not only did the bleeding stop but the
wound healed without a scar.
instance, a patient came to see me with severe edema or swelling
in both of his legs due to poor circulation. He took the Cayenne
tincture (20 drops several times a day) along with following our
recommended health program and the edema dramatically decreased.
with your physician before starting this or any herbal remedy as
there can be prescription/over the counter drug interactions with
I very highly
recommend the book, "A Laymans Guide: Curing with Cayenne and
its Herbal Partners", by Sam Biser. You can order this book
by calling 1-800-926-4561.
Part One here.
Dr. Roopa Chari is a Board Certified Physician
in Internal Medicine. She along with her family have opened an Alternative
Medical Health Center in San Diego called, "The Chari Center
of Health, Inc. She treats patients using herbal remedies, detoxification
programs, healthy food programs, and a variety of proven, remarkable
mind-body techniques to treat a wide range of medical and psychological
conditions. Dr. Chari can be reached at (619) 275-8073 for appointments
or please visit their website at http://www.charicenter.com.