CAYENNE FORTE TINCTURE
(tinctura CAPSICUM FRUTICOSUM)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Overview & Applications
Cayenne pepper (Capsicum fruticosum), is a small tropical plant or shrub from which the fruit is used for culinary- and many medicinal purposes.
It has been used for health benefits for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
Taken orally, capsicum increases peripheral circulation and improves digestion. Cultures that consume cayenne pepper regularly, have a lower incidence of stroke due to an increase in fibrinolytic activity (process that prevents blood clots from growing and becoming problematic).
Capsaicin is present in large quantities in the seeds and fruits. The potent, hot fruit and seeds have been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. It is considered helpful by herbalists for conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, such as stomach aches, cramping pains, and gas. Also frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system. Rubbed on the skin, as a cream, it is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a counter-irritant effect (a chemical that causes irritation to a tissue when applied, thus distracting from the original irritation).
Used against psoriasis (a disorder which affects the skin and joints; it commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin).
Also effective against post-herpetic neuralgia caused by shingles (herpes zoster).
* Cardiovascular support; cleans the blood and stimulates the entire system. Helps clear blockages from arteries, veins and lymphatic system. Also stops bleeding and dissolves blood clots.
It is great in improving circulation; this is the best herb that increases your blood flow; very effective against Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
* Improves brain function; one of the most well-known effects is that of increasing blood circulation to the head- and brain area. Effective against cluster and migraine headaches
* Can stop bleeding extremely fast, immediately flush the wound with the tincture (1 - 5 full droppers) after this, pack the wound with Cayenne powder.
*Reduces or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. When taken internally, it stimulates circulation. Used against indigestion and heartburn.
* Improves circulation, and reduces or stop bleeding from stomach ulcers. When taken internally, it stimulates circulation. Used against indigestion and heartburn.
* Breaks up congestion and speeds healing of colds and flu.
* Used as a diaphoretic (sweat inducing-herb)
* Helps lower cholesterol and prevent blood clots: thins the blood (reduces platelet stickiness) and heals the heart after a heart attack.
* Alleviate sore throats and tonsillitis
* Provides far more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and is one of the highest sources available for this vitamin.
This is the most powerful Cayenne tincture available! It packs 300,000 heat units (Scoville units*); as Cayenne contains more heat units, the stronger the therapeutic action.
* The greater the number the hotter the pepper; indicates the amount of capsaicin (a phyto-chemical compound which stimulates thermo-receptor nerve endings) that is present.
CAYENNE FORTE tincture, the same ingredients used but the concentrate ratio is 1:1 meaning 1 part cayenne extract to 1 part menstruum (solvent).
Capsaicin (the main capsaicinoid), dihydrocapsaicin, nordihydrocapsaicin, homodihydrocapsaicin, homocapsaicin , Carotenoids; capsanthin, capsorubin, carotene. Steroidal saponins (capsicidins, CAY-1, a novel saponin), phenolics (hydroxycinnamic acids and flavonoids).
Vitamins E, vitamin C and carotenoids.
The American Association for Cancer Research reports studies that suggest that Capsaicin may kill prostate cancer cells by causing them to undergo apoptosis (a form of programmed cell death in multi-cellular organisms). The studies showed tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of the untreated tumors. A study by the University of Nottingham suggests capsaicin is also able to trigger apoptosis in human lung cancer cells.
Cayenne (Capsicum) is a general tonic, specific for the circulatory and digestive system. It regulates blood flow and strengthens the heart, arteries, capillaries and nerves. It improves arterial blood supply to the tissues and toxin removal. It is a strong circulatory stimulant; it seems to reinforce the action of certain prostaglandins, thereby increasing the flow of blood through all tissues of the body. Capsaicin is known to mimic the effect of some of the prostaglandins. It desensitizes the sensory nerve endings to pain stimulation. This is the basis for its use as a local analgesic, and recent research suggests that cayenne can ease the severe pain of shingles and migraine. The addition of Capsicum to other herbs and/or drugs makes these quickly reach all tissues, even where there is a poor circulation.
Tincture: 5 -30 drops (1/6 - 1 ml), 3 times daily; take with some solid food.
Infusion (herbal tea): 2 - 3 times daily. Start with the smallest amount powder possible and then add more if you can tolerate the heat.
Tincture 1:1: 2 drops each time.
An infusion can be made by pouring a cup (250 ml) of hot water onto ½ - 1 teaspoon of Cayenne powder. Steep for 15 minutes.
Take 1 - 2 times daily.
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Aspirin may interact with Cayenne.
Cayenne may also increase the absorption of other medications.
It should not be used if people are taking ACE inhibitors or antacids.
Use with caution in ulcers and chronic bowel irritation.
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The above presentation is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over - the - counter medication (OTC) is also available.
Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using dietary supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.
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