Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum Annum) Print

The hot fruit of the cayenne plant has been used as medicine for centuries. Cayenne was frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system and is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic. Folklore from around the world testifies to its curing ability for both simple and serious health problems. The therapeutic value of cayenne pepper has been medically validated. Capsicum Annum includes Sweet Pepper, Chilli Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and Paprika.


Cayenne is named after the town in French Guyana. Peppers originate from Central America where most of the main varieties were developed by local inhabitants. Evidence suggests that by 3500 BC, Capsicum annuum was under cultivation. Once peppers were discovered by the Spaniards and Portuguese they were eagerly incorporated into local cuisines throughout the world. Chilli peppers were probably introduced to Africa and Asia by the Portuguese and in Asia in particular, became widely grown and eaten in Asia in particular. The hot flavour of chillies is caused by the substance capsaicin which is concentrated mainly in the seeds and the connective tissue between the fruit and the seeds.

General Benefits

Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. Many herbalists advocate it as the most useful and valuable herb. It not only aids the digestive system, but the heart- and circulatory-systems as well. It is a high source of Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes and has high organic and potassium content. These are beneficial to the heart.


In a letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine, three Italian doctors described how they had reduced dyspepsia symptoms through red pepper powder. A group of patients with deep functional dyspepsia were divided in two. Half received a placebo and the other 2.5g of red pepper powder daily in capsules before meals. After five weeks the first group’s symptoms had decreased by half while the second had decreased by 60%. Symptoms included pain and nausea.


Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. It assists to eliminate and assimilate and create hydrochloric acid, essential for digestion especially of protein Proper digestion affects the entire running of the body.


Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds. If a heart attack should occur it is suggested that a teaspoon of cayenne extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of cayenne in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed. It is believed that a course of cayenne and hawthorn berries over several months strengthen the heart and prevent heart attacks.


Cayenne may relieve pain when passing kidney stones. It also relieves toothache and ulcers.


The remedy described for the heart should be taken for a haemorrhage in the lungs, stomach, uterus or nose. The bleeding should stop within 10-30 seconds. Cayenne equalises the blood pressure, hastening the clotting process. For external bleeding take Cayenne internally and apply directly on the wound.

It is therefore a good idea to keep Cayenne at hand for emergencies. Use it bearing in mind that whatever benefits it may have, have been created by Allah in Whose hands all cure lies.

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