March 10, 2015 Anderson Richard

Cayenne and Health (Capsicum annum)

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annum) and Health

Many herbalists believe that Cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is a very high source of Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the heart.


Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins. All this becomes very significant when we realize that the digestive system plays the most important role in mental, emotional and physical health, as it is through the digestive system that the brain, glands, muscles and every other part of the body are fed.


Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds. For example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart attack, his daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his mouth. He was pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few minutes, he regained consciousness. On the way to the hospital, he remained in a semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the Cayenne extract. By the time they got to the hospital, he had fully recovered and wanted to go home and mow the lawn. The doctor asked what she had given him, as he said it was the closest thing to a miracle he had ever seen.If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed. I also know of a doctor who rushed out into the parking lot and put cayenne tincture into the mouth of a man who had was unconscious from a heart attack suffered while parking his car. Within a few minutes, the man’s heart starting beating again.


Acne       Alcoholism         Apoplexy             Arteriosclerosis

Arthritis                 Asthma               Bad breath          Bleeding

Blood purifier     Bronchitis           Bruises                 Burns

Chills       Circulation          Cold extremities               Constipation

Colds      Coughs                Cramps                 Cuts

Debility                  Delirium tremens            Digestive disorders         Diabetes

Eyes        Fatigue                Flu          Fractures

Gas         Gout     Hay fever            Heart stimulant

Heart problems                 Hemorrhoids    High blood pressure       Indigestion

Infection               Inflammation    Intestinal pain   Jaundice

Kidneys                 Low blood pressure       Low fevers          Lumbago

Migraines             Mucus                 Neuralgia             Pains in stomach

Palpitations         Pancreas             Paralysis               Pleurisy

Rheumatism       Scarlet fever     Shock    Sinus congestion

Sluggishness       Sore throat        Tonsillitis              Tumors

Typhoid fever     Ulcers Varicose veins   Vitality

Vomiting               Wounds              Yellow fever       Yeast infection


Using cayenne and hawthorn berries together has a most incredible effect upon the heart. I truly believe based upon personal experience that a regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries for several months will greatly strengthen the heart, and possibly prevent heart attacks. If an attack were to occur in someone who had followed this regimen, chances are very good that no damage would occur.

I had my mother taking hawthorn berries and cayenne when she had a heart attack at the age of 79. Her diet had not been the best, and she was in an extremely stressful situation. While in the hospital, they found three blocked arteries and wanted to operate immediately. They did not think that she could survive for more than a few weeks if they didn’t operate. (How many have heard that story!) The doctors thought it would be very risky to operate, but they had her there. So they decided to take some tests in the hopes that they could find an excuse to operate. In spite of the fact that she had been taking lots of aspirin for her arthritis, smoked like she was the reincarnation of a boiler factory, and had just had a heart attack, they found that her heart was incredibly strong. In fact, they felt that her heart was stronger than most people in their 30’s! The good news was that not only did she survive the operation and lived many more years, she also stopped smoking! Well worth the operation, don’t you think? In my opinion, that was the best thing the doctors ever did for her. Well, that is what hawthorn and cayenne can do for the heart, and every good herbalist knows it; every good doctor should also know it, but very few do.

It is a good idea to always have some Cayenne extract on hand for emergencies. I carry capsules of cayenne with me in the car and whenever I go hiking, backpacking or mountain climbing. You never know when you may find someone having a heart attack or some other emergency.

Here are a few of the remarkable emergency uses of cayenne.  If a hemorrhage occurs in the lungs, stomach, uterus or nose, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract (or a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a cup of hot water) be given every 15 minutes until the crisis has passed. The bleeding should stop in 10-30 seconds. The reason for this is that rather than the blood pressure being centralized, it is equalized by the cayenne, and the clotting action of the blood becomes more rapid. For external bleeding, take cayenne internally and pour cayenne directly on the wound.

One time when I was on the beach and met a man began passing a kidney stone. He took some cayenne, which relieved his pain almost immediately.  Another person I knew had a severe toothache in the middle of the night on a weekend. He tried many things to relieve the pain, finally he found that cayenne was the only thing that helped.

One of the youngest persons to take cayenne was a six-week old baby who was born with chronic asthma. Dr. John Christopher administered the cayenne using an eyedropper, and it then became possible for the baby to breathe normally. Dr. Christopher has used cayenne to eliminate allergies, varicose veins, cramps, constipation, and to increase energy. I recommend cayenne to help cleanse the body, increase body heat, improve circulation, and strengthen the eyes. But above all, he feels that cayenne is exceptionally beneficial for the heart.

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