Herpes SimplexApplication of the topical capsaicin cream Zostrix helps to reduce Herpes Simplex flare-ups. A fresh, cut-up pepper is applied to the area in question. Eruptions are usually gone within 24 hours (as compared to 12 - 14 days if left untreated). This treatment may also work on shingles (Herpes Zoster).
Red pepper (Capsicum, various species). The hot ingredient in red pepper is capsaicin. Tests on laboratory animals show that capsaicin can prevent outbreaks of herpes in the eye for up to two months, and topical capsaicin preparations (Zostrix, Capzasin-P) are used to relieve the pain of shingles. (If you use capsaicin cream, always wash your hands thoroughly afterward to avoid the possibility of getting it in your eyes. Also, you should test it on a small area of skin before using it on a larger area. If you experience irritation, discontinue use.)
I wouldn't recommend sprinkling cayenne on any herpes lesions, especially those on the eye, since that could really hurt. But why not season your Happy Herpicide Tea with hot-pepper sauce? Although you drink it rather than dab it on, you'll still benefit from the active ingredients.
It's well known that cayenne pepper is an important ingredient in hot sauces,
salsa and spicy restaurant dishes, but mostly unknown that extracts of cayenne
can help ease the terrible burning pain of shingles (herpes zoster), reduce
muscle soreness, speed healing of strains and sprains, heal ulcers of the
digestive tract, and stimulate metabolism, helping the body get rid of excess
Capsaicin: Health Benefits On The Horizon
While medical science has been unsuccessful in finding an effective treatment for pain associated with herpes-induced shingles, capsaicin can help patients.1
Capsaicin may even inhibit herpes simplex 2, which causes genital herpes. In one study, animals were infected with herpes simplex 2 after receiving a weekly dose of synthetic analog of capsaicin, civamide. The treatment prevented relapse and reduced severity and recurrences. In addition, a single weekly treatment with civamide during latent infection was sufficient to reduce recurrent disease, indicating that an infrequent suppressive maintenance therapy might be possible.2
Although hot peppers cause indigestion in some people, an animal study found cayenne actually protects the stomach from the adverse effects of alcohol, aspirin and stress.3
In the laboratory, cayenne has shown an ability to cause differentiation in cancer cells, returning them to normalcy.4 In addition, cayenne directly inhibits cancer-cell growth.5 Researchers have not yet tested cayenne's cancer-fighting effectiveness in animals or humans.
1. Stankus SJ, et al. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. Am Fam Physician 2000 Apr 15;61(8):2437-44, 2447-8.
2. Bourne N. Civamide (cis-capsaicin) for treatment of primary or recurrent experimental genital herpes. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1999 Nov;43(11):2685-8.
3. Saeki T. Mechanism of prevention by capsaicin of ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury�a study in the rat using intravital microscopy. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2000 Apr;14 Suppl 1:S135-S44.
4. Macho A. Selective induction of apoptosis by capsaicin in transformed cells: the role of reactive oxygen species and calcium. Cell Death Differ 1999 Feb;6(2):155-65.
5. Takahata K. Growth inhibition of capsaicin on HeLa cells is not mediated by intracellular calcium mobilization. Life Sci 1999;64(13):PL165-71.
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