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Archive for the 'Capsicum' Category

Herbals to treat psoriasis: A review of the evidence

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Dr. Sharon Jacob from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Florida and colleagues reviewed the scientific support for herbals used by patients with psoriasis.

Here are the highlights.

Capsaicin: The biggest winner in CAM for 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

FDAQutenza (capsaicin) 8% patch is a medicated skin patch that can be used to help relieve the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).

This high concentration is now approved by the FDA for use as a prescription drug. And that places this complementary option for treating PHN squarely in the main stream. (more…)

Capsicum plaster to reduce pain after surgery

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Capsicum plaster at classical Chinese acupoints is an alternative to acupuncture for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and pain.

Researchers from Hanyang University Hospital in Seoul, Korea studied capsicum plaster at Hegu (LI 4) acupoints (photo) in patients after orthognathic surgery. (more…)

Herbals for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ms. Meenakshi Khatta is a nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Nurse Khatta has reviewed the use of CAM to treat pain due to musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are her findings on herbal supplements used to treat fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

Capsaicin for treating postherpetic neuralgia

Friday, March 6th, 2009

√ā¬†Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful complication of herpes zoster (shingles).

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have published an extensive review. Here are their thoughts on the use of capsaicin. (more…)

Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.


Herbals worth considering to treat low back pain

Monday, January 8th, 2007

The Cochrane Collaboration has evaluated the effectiveness of herbal medicines for the treatment of low back pain.

Here’s what they found.

Capsicum plaster to control pain following inguinal hernia repair in children

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Capsicum (Cayenne) is a category of plants used as spices, vegetables, and medicines. Think chili pepper, red or green pepper, bell pepper, and paprika.

In this study, capsicum plaster was applied at a classical Chinese acupoint to lessen pain in infants and children following surgery.