capsicum annuum

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capsicum annuum
Used Part.

Fruit. Different species are used in the same genre: Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum annuum, Capsicum baccatum; Capsicum pubescens; Capsicum chinense, and so on. Its composition is similar to qualitative changes.

Active Principles.

Spicy nature of phenolic compounds: capsaicin (0. 5 - 1%) dihidrocapsaicina, norhidrocapsaicina, homocapsaicina. Carotenoids: capsanthin, capsorubin. Flavonoids: apiósido, lutein. Copper, vitamins B1, B2, C.

Drug Action.

Capsaicin, at low doses, it stimulates the appetite and the secretion of gastric juices, also increased gastric and intestinal motility. By outsourcing is rubefaciente and lever, with an analgesic effect.


Internal use: anorexia, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, meteorism.

External use: Back pain, sore throat, alopecia areata, osteo inflammations, post - herpetic neuralgia and other neuralgia.


Gastritis, gastric ulcers (use)

Do not apply over areas of blemished skin.

Side Effects.

In topical application, it is very irritating and may cause contact dermatitis.

On the domestic route can be irritating for mucous membranes.

Using food ongoing (abuse) comes to produce fibrosis of the intestinal submucosa.

Caution / Poisoning.

In topical use, should be used with extreme caution because of the possibility of side - effects: irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, becoming the blistering. Avoid contact with mucous membranes after its implementation.

On the domestic route, not to exceed the dose indicated: At higher doses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, gastritis and inflammation of the urinary tract. In excessive doses can cause hypothermia and symptoms similar to those of anaphylactic shock.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:


Dust: 10 mg per capsule, taken at the beginning of meals.

Tincture (1: 10) 10 drops at the start of a meal.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 3 - 5 drops, one to three times a day.

External use:

"Oleoresin cápsico" (BP, 8% of capsaicin) from 0. 3% to 0. 9% in cream or gel.


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