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  Capsicum L.
 
Scientific Name  Capsicum L.
Family Name  Solanaceae
Common Name  Chile, Pepper, Chili
Photo link  http://www.swsbm.com/Images/New11-2000/Capsicum_annuum-2.jpg
Studies on Diabetes  Twenty-two human subjects with severe diabetic neuropathy showed improved benefit with topical 0.075% capsaicin compared to placebo (Tandan et al 1992).
Other Uses  Topical: strain/sprain, neuralgia, rheumatic disorders, herpes zoster (Johnson 2002).
Formulations used by  Informants  Commercially prepared capsule/tablet (Nature’s sunshine ‘thyroid activator’).
Phytochemistry  Capsaicin, solandine, solanine, solasodine and scopoletin (Kay 1996).
Potential Adverse  Effects  Allergic reaction, burning/itching topically, gastrointestinal discomfort, sweating/lacrimation/flushing/rhinorrhea (Johnson 2002).
Potential Medication  Interactions  No clinical medication interactions were found.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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