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Cayenne or Capsicum spp (Capsicum frutescens and Capsicum annum) is a very
useful stimulant, regulating blood flow and helpful to the
cardiovascular system. Cayenne may reduce blood cholesterol and
triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation.
Cayenne has traditionally "been used for colic, flatulent dyspepsia,
laryngitis (as a gargle), insufficiency of peripheral circulation, and
externally for neuralgia including rheumatic pains and unbroken
chilblains (as a lotion/ointment)"* neuralgia and rheumatic pains. When
taken with meals, cayenne stimulates secretion of digestive juices thus
In herbal combinations, cayenne works as a catalyst increasing the
effectiveness of other herbs.