Originally from South America, cayenne is now used world wide, both as a culinary spice and medicinally.
For centuries Capsicum annuum, (cayenne pepper), and other medicinal herbs containing capsaicin, have been used to treat problems stemming from the gastrointestinal tract and stomach. It has often been used to improve circulation; reduce pain, itching, headaches; and to lower blood cholesterol.
Cayenne can be used in several ways. It can be used as a topical creme, tincture for pain spots, gargle for sore throat, tablet and capsule for internal issues. When using cremes and tinctures take care to protect your eyes, mouth, cuts and other sensitive areas. Consuming too much cayenne can have an adverse effect on the stomach.
Cayenne is also used in aiding with body detoxification with a diet known as The Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse is an intensive detox that can bring big changes to your life. It may be worth looking into. If you have any of the above symptoms, check with your herbalist and try including cayenne in your diet. Give it a try. Spice up your life!
source – Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford and Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas