Description: Commonly found in the form of chili or cayenne pepper, capsicum.
Method of Action: Active ingredients form a class referred to as the capsaicinoids which deplete substance P, thus inhibiting substance P-mediated pain transmission. Found to increase NK killer cell cytoylsis activity during in vitro testing.
Indications and Usage: Topical pain relief for conditions such as, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, muscle spasms arthritis, shingles and trigeminal neuralgia and for posttherpetic neuralgia in hepatitis recovery. In ingested form may improve peripheral circulation in patients with cardiovascular conditions and relieve gastrointestinal complaints such as colic and dyspepsia.
Contraindications: Do not use this product if you are pregnant or lactating without first seeking advice from your physician.
Dosage and Administration: Topical application of 0.25% to 0.075% capsaicin cream to affected area.
Clinical Effect In: Minutes.
Adverse Reactions: Overuse can result in prolonged insensitivity to pain. More concentrated products can cause burning sensation. Users should avoid contact with eyes, genitals and any mucous membranes. If you suspect that an herb or other supplement is making you sick, call the FDAs MedWatch hotline at 800-332-1088 or contact the agency via its website at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Known Interactive Effects: May alleviate the secretion of catecholamines and use caution with concurrent MAO inhibitor treatment is warranted.
Additional Considerations: Commercially available products include Axsain and Zostrix.
Warnings: The information above is provided for educational purposes and may not be construed as a medical prescription or as a substitute for the advice of your physician. Do not use this product without first consulting your physician especially if you are pregnant or lactating. Be advised that some herbs and dietary supplements can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals and may also have an adverse result in conjunction with other medications, or treatments. You should regularly consult your physician in matters regarding your health and particularly in respect to symptoms and conditions which may require diagnosis or medical attention. Reevaluate use of this product after 6 months.