Do you suffer from nerve or arthritis pain? Have you tried capsaicin for pain relief? Capsaicin can be an effective pain reliever for certain types of neuropathic and arthritic health conditions.
Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that causes the burning sensation and watery eyes. Capsaicin is also believed to reduce the amount of a nerve cell chemical that sends pain messages to your brain. As a result, offering certain nerve and arthritis pain relief.
Some of the health conditions that may reap some benefit from topical capsaicin are:
- cluster headaches
- rheumatoid arthritis
- trigeminal neuralgia
- diabetic neuropathy
- muscle strain, joint sprain
- skin conditions ~ psoriasis
- shingles related neuropathic pain
- chemotherapy, radiation caused mouth sores
Topical capsaicin will not cure these health conditions, but it could help relieve some of their associative pain.
The recommended use of topical capsaicin is 4 times daily application over a months time before nerve or arthritis pain relief is substantial. After applying topical capsaicin you might experience a burning and itching sensation, that usually lessens over a couple of days of repeated use. Although some find this burning so intolerable that use is stopped ahead of relief.
A major precaution when applying capsaicin is not getting the stuff in your eyes or mucous membranes because it can cause severe irritation and burning sensation. Therefore, wearing gloves and washing your hands with soap and water immediately after application is highly recommended.
Capsaicin is available OTC in a variety of topical modes, for instance you can purchase it as a cream, patch or gel. Before using this product read the label carefully for dosing and potential side effects. And it should never be used on wounds, broken skin nor irritated skin.