Cayenne (Capsicum Annuum)

Cayenne Benefits

Cayenne peppers, also known as Paprika, are often used as a natural fat burner and pain killer, to treat ulcers, increase metabolism, improve circulation, boost the immune system and aid digestion. It is used as a tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach and to treat herpes, shingles and rheumatism. It is also known to combat chills and has been used to treat bunions, psoriasis, pleuritis and pericarditis and has been indicated for preventing heart disease. See also our Chilli Peppers article.

Studies have shown that it can raise metabolic rates by as much as 25%, aid in treating herpes, shingles and Raynauds disease, and help prevent heart disease and ulcers. Cayenne is also used as a natural pain killer with anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne may be used internally or externally to treat arthritis, bunions, psoriasis, and muscle and joint pain. For external use just open a capsule and add some to a cream or lotion that you are already using if you want to use it for massage. Taken internally, cayenne is used to treat ulcers, improve circulation, and aid digestion. It is used as a tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach and to treat herpes, shingles and rheumatism.

A stimulating stomachic. A catalyst for all herbs. Improves circulation, aids digestion by stimulating gastric juices, stimulates the appetite, reduces inflammation, is a mild stimulant or tonic, improves metabolism, relieves gas, colds, chills, and stops bleeding from ulcers. Good for the kidneys, lungs, spleen, pancreas, heart, and stomach.

Taken for nausea, scrofula, swollen lymph glands, rheumatism, arthritis, and pleurisy. Use with lobelia for nerves.

Recently, cayenne has been used successfully to treat patients with cluster headaches, a particularly painful type of headache.

Used externally, cayenne liniment may soothe the stiffness and pain of rheumatism and arthritis.

Can be used as a general stimulant to build up resistance at the beginning of a cold, tonsillitis, laryngitis, hoarseness, shingles. It can be taken as an infusion for stomach and bowel pains or cramps. Small quantities of the fresh fruit or the powder may stimulate appetite and expel worms. For external use, cayenne can be made into plasters or liniment or the tincture may be applied to increase blood flow to areas afflicted with rheumatism, arthritis, pleuritis, or pericarditis. Also said to increase fertility and delay senility.

Cayenne contains: Alkaloids, capsaicin, capsacutin, capsaicin, capsanthine, capsico PABA, fatty acids, flavonoids, sugars, carotene, volatile oil, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C.

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Cayenne Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Names

Capsicum annuum, Capsicum minimum, Capsicum frutescens

Common Names

African Pepper, Bird Pepper, Chili Pepper, Goat's Pod, Mexican Chillies, Paprika, Red Pepper, Tabasco Pepper, Zanzibar Pepper

Suggested Properties

Circulatory stimulant, Appetizer, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, rubefacient, condiment, nerve tonic, digestive, irritant, sialagogue (stimulates secretion of saliva), stimulant, and tonic (cayenne is usually mixed with other herbs in medicinal doses).


Improves circulation and digestion. Combats chills. Weight loss. Boosts Immune system. Herpes, Shingles, Ulcers. Pain-killer. Increase blood flow to areas afflicted with rheumatism, arthritis, pleuritis, or pericarditis. Bunions, Psoriasis.

Indicated for

Helps to prevent heart disease.

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keka fukulu 's avatar  keka fukulu 24/10/2014 09:39

It works great on toothaches mouth infections!

Iop Pilskog 's avatar  Iop Pilskog 13/03/2011 07:56

I have read that Cayenne "kills" prostate cancer cells - would welcome any comments re the impact Cayenne has on cancer cells

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Gail Guinn 's avatar  Gail Guinn 20/03/2014 16:32

I have found that it suppresses my appetite

Britt Mtz D 's avatar  Britt Mtz D 17/02/2014 10:53

I have used Cayenne pepper for the past few years and love it. I use it for weight loose. It speeds up your metabolism and also I have found it gives me more energy!

amitsoni_1981 's avatar  amitsoni_1981 08/02/2013 03:53

I am suffering from back pain left below ribs cage. I also observe that I amhaving frequent urination. like in 1 hr to 45 min i have to go for pee.

one readiologist says I am having Enlarged prostate (I know it is 16 CC)

other says no there is no enlarge prostate. but I want to get rid of it.

I am currently 32 year old only
Please help ?

Alx 's avatar  Alx 21/10/2012 21:09

Cayenne Pepper is mentioned here to stimulate appetite, while other sources say it suppresses it. Which is it?

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