Many herbalists believe that Cayenne is the
most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the
entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system.
It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs
when used with them.
Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is
a very high source of Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes,
and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the
reasons it is good for the heart.
Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the
peristaltic action in the intestines. It aids elimination and
assimilation, and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is
so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of
proteins. All this becomes very significant when we realize that
the digestive system plays the most important role in mental, emotional
and physical health, as it is through the digestive system that
the brain, glands, muscles and every other part of the body are
Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30
seconds. For example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a
severe heart attack, his daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into
his mouth. He was pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few
minutes, he regained consciousness. On the way to the hospital, he
remained in a semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the
Cayenne extract. By the time they got to the hospital, he
had fully recovered and wanted to go home and mow the lawn. The
doctor asked what she had given him, as he said it was the closest thing
to a miracle he had ever seen.
If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a
teaspoon of extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne
in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed. Dr.
Anderson also knew of a doctor who rushed out into the parking lot
and put cayenne tincture into the mouth of a man who had died of a heart
attack while he was parking his car. Within a few minutes, the
man’s heart starting beating again.
According to Dr. Richard Anderson, using cayenne and
hawthorn berries together has a most incredible effect upon the
heart. He believes that a regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries
for several months will greatly strengthen the heart, and possibly
prevent heart attacks. He states further that if an attack were to
occur in someone who had followed this regimen, chances are very good
that no damage would occur. He tells the following story
about his mother:
“I had her taking hawthorn berries and cayenne when she
had a heart attack at the age of 79. Her diet had not been the
best, and she was in an extremely stressful situation. While in the
hospital, they found three blocked arteries and wanted to operate
immediately. They did not think that she could survive for more
than a few weeks if they didn’t operate. (How many have heard that
story!) The doctors thought it would be very risky to operate, but
they had her there, and there was a lot of money to be made. So
they decided to take some tests in the hopes that they could find an
excuse to operate. In spite of the fact that she had been
taking lots of aspirin for her arthritis, smoked like she was the
reincarnation of a boiler factory, and had just had a heart attack, they
found that her heart was incredibly strong. In fact, they felt
that her heart was stronger than most people in their 30’s!
The good news was that not only did she survive the operation, but also
she stopped smoking! Well worth the operation, don’t you think? In
my opinion, that was the best thing the doctors ever did for her.
Well, that is what hawthorn and cayenne can do for the heart, and every
good herbalist knows it; every good doctor should also know it, but very
It is a good idea to always have some Cayenne extract on
hand for emergencies. Dr. Anderson carries capsules of cayenne
with him in the car and whenever he goes hiking, backpacking or mountain
climbing. He says, “You never know when you may find someone
having a heart attack or some other emergency.”
The following stories demonstrate only a few of the
remarkable emergency uses of cayenne.
If a hemorrhage occurs in the lungs, stomach, uterus or
nose, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract (or a teaspoon of
cayenne powder in a cup of hot water) be given every 15 minutes until
the crisis has passed. The bleeding should stop in 10-30 seconds.
The reason for this is that rather than the blood pressure being
centralized, it is equalized by the Cayenne, and the clotting action of
the blood becomes more rapid. For external bleeding, take cayenne
internally and pour cayenne directly on the wound.
Dr. Anderson, author of
Cleanse and Purify Thyself, tells
of one time when he was on the beach and a man began passing a kidney
stone . The man took some cayenne, which relieved his pain almost
A person known to Dr. Anderson had a severe toothache in
the middle of the night on a weekend. He tried many things
to relieve the pain. Cayenne was the only thing that helped.
One of the youngest persons to take cayenne was a
six-week old baby who was born with chronic asthma. Dr. John
Christopher administered the cayenne using an eyedropper, and it then
became possible for the baby to breathe normally.
Dr. Christopher has used cayenne to eliminate allergies,
varicose veins, cramps, constipation, and to increase energy.
Dr. Anderson recommends cayenne to help cleanse the
body, increase body heat, improve circulation, and strengthen the
eyes. But above all, Dr. Anderson feels that cayenne is
exceptionally beneficial for the heart.
Rich Anderson published the first Cleanse and Purify
Thyself in 1988. It became one of the most popular books on cleansing
ever written. With almost no advertising, this book spread around the
world and was translated into several languages.
Dr. Richard Schulze - "If you take cayenne pepper
in capsules, you may be wasting your time and never getting the cures I
got with my patients."
Historical or traditional use
The potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as
medicine for centuries. It was considered helpful for various conditions
of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains,
and gas. Cayenne was frequently used to treat diseases of the
circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as
a circulatory tonic (a substance believed to improve circulation).
Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy
for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a
counterirritant effect. A counterirritant is something which causes
irritation to a tissue to which it is applied, thus distracting from the
original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).
What is the Scientific Evidence for Cayenne?
In a double-blind study, 30 individuals with dyspepsia
were given either 2.5 grams daily of red pepper powder (divided up and
taken prior to meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third week of
treatment, individuals taking red pepper were experiencing significant
improvements in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared to placebo, and
these relative improvement lasted through the end of the study.
A placebo-controlled crossover study failed to find
benefit, but it only enrolled 11 participants, far too few to have much
chance of identifying a treatment effect.
All double-blind studies of topical capsaicin (or
cayenne) suffer from one drawback: it isn't really possible to hide the
burning sensation that occurs during initial use of the treatment. For
this reason, such studies probably aren't truly double-blind. It has
been suggested that instead of an inactive placebo, researchers should
use some other substance (such as camphor) that causes at least mild
burning. However, such treatments might also have therapeutic benefits;
they have a long history of use for pain as well.
Because of these complications, the evidence for topical
treatments cited below is less meaningful than it might at first
Capsaicin cream is well established as a modestly
helpful pain-relieving treatment for post-herpetic neuropathy (the pain
that lingers after an attack of shingles) peripheral neuropathy (nerve
pain that occurs most commonly as a side effect of diabetes, but may
occur with HIV as well as other conditions), nerve pain after cancer
surgery and arthritis.
Capsaicin instilled into the nose may be helpful for
cluster headache. (The fact that this has even been considered a viable
treatment option shows how painful cluster headaches can be!)
Actual cayenne rather than capsaicin has been tested for
pain as well. A 3-week, double-blind trial of 154 individuals with back
pain found that cayenne applied topically as a plaster improved pain to
a greater extent than placebo.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of almost 200
individuals found that use of topical capsaicin can improve itching as
well as overall severity of psoriasis. Benefits were also seen in a
smaller double-blind study of topical capsaicin for psoriasis.
Topical capsaicin is thought to be helpful for various
itchy skin conditions, such as prurigo nodularis, but double-blind
studies are lacking.
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"Cayenne has the ability to
clear the blood of matter and gasses that cause digestive problems and
to help people who suffer from cold hands or feet. It alleviates
inflammation and can break up the deposits that contribute to the pain
of arthritis. It clears sinus congestion, conjunctivitis, and spongy,
bleeding gums. Because it also has
astringent qualities, it can stop bleeding and prevent swelling. A
source of Vitamin C, it rejuvenates the entire body when energy is
depleted and is such a powerful stimulant that just a few sips of
cayenne water or a few grains of cayenne on the lips may help prevent
shock or depression in times of physical or emotional trauma. And it is
believed to be a good tonic for strengthening the heart. From my studies
and my own experience with cayenne, I consider it to be an important
ingredient for anybody interested in taking educated and careful
responsibility for his or her own well-being in situations that are not
serious enough to require a doctor's care or in circumstances in which
medical attention is not immediately available. "
Heart Attacks: Cayenne
"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people
and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient
and the reason is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour
down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot
water, and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the
fastest acting aids we could ever give for the heart, because it feeds
that heart immediately. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition
because of processed food we are eating, but here it gets a good
powerful dose of real food and it's something that has brought people in
time after time. This is something that everyone should know how great
it is, because a heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones any
time. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets,
capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell
structure--makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and
it goes directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it
in powerful food. "
The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper : Complete Handbook of
Cayenne Home Remedies
Poderes Curativos De Los Chiles/Healiing Powers of Hot
Left for Dead by R.F. Quinn
This book digs up the dirt on the medical establishment saying that
heart surgery can nearly kill you and do you no good in the end, all
done with a whopping price-tag. Drugs are favored over herbs since they
can be patented and sold to patients for great profits. Dick Quinn gives
his personal testimony about nearly dying from heart surgery, but
finally getting well by taking Cayenne, Garlic,
Onion and other herbs, but mainly Cayenne. He scoured the earth
looking for the hottest Cayenne he could find to burn his insides out!
But no matter how much it burns, it's all good for you. He started his
own herb company servicing mainly heart conditions which had a lot of
loyal customers until the FDA... shut him down because his cure was
effective and cheap, and the medical establishment did not profit. I ran
out and bought some Cayenne and popped several daily. I really didn't
get the energy boost he got, but I suppose they're helping. The book
tells his story first, then describes some herbs secondly, and then ends
with the disadvantages of heart surgery. There are sage quotes about the
medical establishment and goodness of healing herbs throughout the book
from distinguished men. The book seems somewhat disjointed as it goes
into its different, but inter-related parts written by different
authors. Quinn's story is short, skims the surface, and has some drama,
but certainly is not a candidate for an Oscar winning movie. The writing
style is direct, conversational, and informative and skips all literary
flourishes to get the news out that herbs can heal. I found particularly
interesting that drugs like aspirin merely synthetically imitate the
healing effects of herbs, such as aspirin being derived from Willow