Syn.—Capsicum, Cayenne pepper.
N. H.—East Indies, Africa.
Properties: Stimulant, rubifacient, carminative.
Use: Capsicum is a stimulant. Rapidly increases capillary circulation to a part when applied. Taken internally by its stimulating properties, it promotes its own absorption and thus produces its effect on the nerve centers. It increases the tone of the entire system; increases circulation and produces a feeling of warmth all over the body. On account of its local and general effects it is indicated in atonic conditions, relaxed muscular fibers, and a general deficiency of functional force. We think of it in dipsomania, delirium tremens, malaria, congestive chills and atonic dyspepsia. In malignant intermittent fever combined with quinine it is one of our very best remedies. It is best given in cream or milk as it is less irritating to the mucous membrane in this form.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.