(Health Secrets Newsletter) There is a good reason why Cayenne pepper is known as the king of herbs. The red colored and red hot Cayenne pepper has been prized for thousands of years for its healing powers. Folklore from around the world has recounted amazing results with the healing of puzzling health problems.
The famed herbal healer Dr. Shulze said, “If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.”
In particular cayenne pepper is good for the heart and circulatory system and can be a lifesaver in the event of a heart attack – if you have concerns over heart attacks, never leave home without it!
From the healing text of herbalist and founder of the School of Natural Healing, Dr. John Christopher:
“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).”
Some of the other medicinal or health benefits of the Cayenne pepper include:
*Cayenne pepper added to the diet helps avoid stomach aches, gas and cramps. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine recommends cayenne for proper digestion as it stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and saliva.
*Topical application of cayenne pepper causes irritation in the applied area; thus, it helps distract the nerves from joint pains due to arthritis.
*Cayenne added to water can be used to gargle with, to stop sore throat.
*The capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates secretions, which helps to clear mucus from nose and lungs by clearing the sinuses and causing sweating. Cayenne pepper tea is good for colds and flu.
*When any body part is sick, the blood flow to that area is usually affected. Cayenne helps to remove that blockage and stimulates the blood flow so that nutrients are properly delivered to all areas of the body and waste is removed.
*In addition to its ability to stop heart attacks, cayenne helps to dissolve fibrin which causes formation of blood clots, and it works to reduce triglyceride levels.
*Cayenne is a powerful prevention and healer of prostate cancer.
*Smelling cayenne helps stop headaches. Topical application of capsaicin also helps to relieve them.
*Cayenne pepper is a source of beta-carotene which is helpful in reducing symptoms of asthma.
*Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, in cayenne pepper gives protection against invading pathogens by helping the development of healthy mucus membranes in the nasal passage, lungs and urinary tracts, thereby giving immunity to infections.
*When added to food, cayenne helps weight loss due to aiding proper digestion. It also reduces excess appetite due to mal-absorption.
*Capsaicin from Cayenne has the ability to prevent ulcers.
*Beta-carotene contained in cayenne pepper works as a good antioxidant that prevents or repairs the damages caused by free radicals, helping prevent atherosclerosis and colon cancer.
*Cayenne is also very effective in relieving diabetic complications like nerve damage and heart disease. It gives temporary relief of pain from psoriasis, herpes zoster, neuralgia, and toothache.
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