As I mentioned in my previous two posts about nearly cutting my thumb off, the first thing I did was to put a lot of cayenne pepper directly into the cuts. In addition to the external application of cayenne I also mixed the powder with a glass of water and drank it internally. I don’t know exactly how much I took internally. It was a lot though. Probably way more than I needed, but my wife just dumped a bunch of it into the glass and I started drinking. The bleeding slowed down dramatically within seconds and stopped completely within just a couple of minutes.
So why does Cayenne work this way?
It works because cayenne pepper reacts with the body to equalize blood pressure. The circulatory system is a closed pressurized system. When a cut or laceration opens the system up the pressure balance is thrown off. Pressure tends to focus at the wound making it difficult to stop the bleeding. (Think of an inflated bike tube with a hole in it. The pressure in the tube forces the air out of the hole until it is closed or patched) Taking cayenne pepper internally equalizes pressure through the system. When the pressure is equalized it slows the flow of blood out of the wound allowing it to clot quickly. Cayenne pepper applied externally directly in the wound causes clotting to happen even faster.
In addition to stopping bleeding, cayenne pepper is a great herb to disinfect the wound because it posses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This was proven in a 2003 study entitled A Novel Antifungal Compound from Cayenne Pepper published by Medical Mycology, Volume 41, Issue 1 February 2003 , pages 75 – 82. From the abstract of the study:
CAY-1, a novel saponin from Capsicum frutescens (commercially known as cayenne pepper) was investigated to determine its in vitro antifungal activity, mechanism of action and mammalian cell cytotoxicity. CAY-1 was active against 16 different fungal strains, including Candida spp. and Aspergillus fumigatus [minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) ranging from 4 to 16 µg ml-1], and was especially active against Cryptococcus neoformans (90% inhibition at 1 µg ml-1). Synergistic activity was also observed between CAY-1 and amphotericin B against Candida albicans and A. fumigatus. No significant cytotoxicity was demonstrated when CAY- 1 was tested against 55 mammalian cell lines at up to 100 µg ml-1. Importantly, CAY-1 appears to act by disrupting the membrane integrity of fungal cells
How to use cayenne for wounds
It’s simple really. Just pour the cayenne pepper powder directly onto the cut or laceration. There is no modification whatsoever required. Be liberal with it. The cayenne can also be dissolved in a bit of water and used to saturate a piece of gauze that is placed over the wound area. Alternately you can use a cayenne tincture and rub it into the wound with a clean cloth or cotton ball. Cayenne tincture would be used for smaller cuts and scrapes. If it is large wound and bleeding profusely, just start dumping cayenne powder directly on it.
Cayenne pepper can also be taken orally. Put a teaspoon of cayenne in one cup of water and drink it down. It is not necessary to wait for it to dissolve completely. Warm water works best, but cold water will work too. For those who don’t want their mouth on fire, dissolving a teaspoon of cayenne into the juice of half a lemon and a dash of maple syrup will take the edge off.
Legendary herbalist, Dr. Christopher, talks of using cayenne for emergency heart attack treatments, and stopping bleeding from even very severe wounds including gunshots. It is a remarkable herb with uses that go far beyond treating wounds. For more information from Dr. Christopher on cayenne visit Herballegacy.com. Another great resource for the many uses of cayenne is cayennepepper.info.
In my experience with my thumb the cayenne pepper worked wonderfully. The combination of the external application and drinking it in water slowed the bleeding dramatically within just a few seconds and stopped the bleeding completely within a couple of minutes. Not only that, but I had no pain either. That amazed me more than anything. The pain just stopped.
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