Pouring Sauces to injuries: How Capsaicin is transforming pain relief


Capsaicin is an ingredient that is found in chilli peppers. It is currently being studied by scientists who consider it will revolutionize the way we treat the pain. After having major surgery hip and knee replacement it lasts numbing and non-narcotic effects in the body.

It may sound strange and horrible to pour sauce on wounds, but scientists in Europe and US are using sausages over open wound. They tell that chilli pepper may hold the key ingredient needed after major surgery. A Danish specialist, Dr. Eske Aasvang and a California based company Anesiva Inc. are using purified phytochemical called capsaicin to help patients get relief from pain after major surgery.


Chilli peppers have been used for centuries as a topical painkiller. Capsaicin creams in tubes and bottles are available at drugstores. Capsaicin can also provide relief in itching (Pruritus). It is also used in ailments such as pain in muscles, nerve pain, osteoarthritis, diabetic pain, neurotherapy, phantom limbs pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, post-surgical neuropathic pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

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