Most cayenne peppers are between 30,000 to 80,000 heat units.
Paprika has no heat and is rated 0 heat units. Jalapeno peppers
are between 50,000 to 80,000 heat units, Serrano peppers are approximately
100,000 heat units, African Bird Peppers are 200,000 heat units
and Mexican habaneros are between 250,000-300,000 heat units.
A fresh cayenne chili pepper is nutrient rich and contains: Water,
Carbohydrate, Starch, Protein, Fiber, Vitamin C, Capsaicinoids,
Beta Carotene, Iron, Phosphorus, and Calcium. Chili Peppers are
also low in fat and contain the right kind of fat: 66% of the fat
as linoleic and 5% as linolenic acid which are two essential fats
in the diet of humans.
The variety of colors found in chili peppers contain thousands of
bioflavinoids and carotenoids which may be responsible for the healing
properties of cayenne and they heal heart cells and protect your
heart. There are vitamins in cayenne that will destroy bacteria
and enhance your immune system. There is also no other herb that
will increase your blood flow faster than cayenne.
According to Dr. Richard Schulze, an internationally recognized
herbalist, "there is no other herb stronger or more effective
than cayenne to make immediate physiological and metabolic changes
in the body."
Capsaicin, has been proven to protect your DNA and cells from attack
by toxic molecules such as from tobacco, and other toxins. They
can also prevent cancer by inhibiting the transformation of cells
which eventually form cancer.
The following are just some of the conditions which cayenne may
be used to treat: stops bleeding (internally or externally), allergies,
arthritis, asthma, blood circulation problems, congestive heart
failure, cancer prevention, heart disease, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, stroke, obesity, osteoarthritis, colds and flus,
constipation, hemorrhoids, and diabetes.
However, it is not just a matter of using Cayenne. The quality of
the cayenne is extremely important. One of the best sources for
purchasing cayenne tincture and cayenne powder is from The American
Botanical Pharmacy at 1-800-437-2362.
You should keep a bottle of this cayenne tincture or bag the cayenne
powder in your kitchen, the glove compartment of your cars, etc.
as it can be life saving!!
a.) For Health Maintenance: Put 5 drops in water or juice and drink
it 1-3 times a day. You can slowly increase the dosage.
b.) For a bleeding wound: Liberally flush the wound with cayenne
tincture or pack with cayenne powder and apply pressure to the wound.
- Depending on the severity of the bleeding, also
take 1-10 dropperfuls of the tincture in a few ounces of water in
your mouth. Or just put directly into your mouth.
In my next article I will discuss how to prepare the cayenne powder
and tinctures in your home and give more specific remedies! Check
I highly recommend the book, "A Layman's
Guide: Curing with Cayenne and its herbal partners" by Sam
Biser. You can order this book from 1-800-926-4561.
Dr. Roopa Chari is a Board Certified Physician in Internal
Medicine. She along with her family have opened an Alternative Medical
Health Center in San Diego called, "The Chari Center of Health,
Inc. She treats patients using herbal remedies, detoxification programs,
healthy food programs, and a variety of proven, remarkable mind-body
techniques to treat a wide range of medical and psychological conditions.
Dr. Chari can be reached at (619) 275-8073 for appointments or please
visit their website at http://www.charicenter.com.