- What other names is Capsicum known by?
- What is Capsicum?
- Is Capsicum effective?
- How does Capsicum work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Capsicum.
There is some scientific evidence that capsicum might also help reduce painful tender points in people with fibromyalgia when used as a lotion or cream and applied to the skin.
Although some people use capsicum lotion or cream for nerve pain related to HIV or AIDS, it does not seem to be effective for this use.
There isn't enough information to know if capsicum is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: colic, cramps, toothache, blood clots, fever, nausea, high cholesterol, heart disease, muscle spasms, laryngitis, and many others.
Likely Effective for...
- Arthritis pain when applied to the skin.
- Pain from shingles when applied to the skin.
- Nerve pain (neuropathy) in people with diabetes when applied to the skin.
Possibly Effective for...
- Back pain.
- Reducing painful tender points in people with fibromyalgia when applied to the skin.
- Relieving symptoms of prurigo nodularis, a skin disease.
- Cluster headache, when used nasally.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Nerve pain related to HIV or AIDS when applied to the skin.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Colic, cramps, toothache, blood clots, fever, nausea, high cholesterol, heart disease, stomach ulcers, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headache, allergic rhinitis, perennial rhinitis, nasal polyps, muscle spasms, laryngitis, swallowing dysfunction, and other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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