Heat Therapy; Are Capsaicin Extracts Good for Arthritis

Heat Therapy; Are Capsaicin Extracts Good for Arthritis?

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Arthritis patients will know that the chronic pain that comes with it can be difficult to manage. The traditional methods of pain relief, such as medication, exercise and stretching, can be greatly helpful but overdoing them is inadvisable. So when you’ve exhausted these other options, what can you turn to next?

Believe it or not, the compounds found in hot peppers could be the answer you’re looking for. There is no doubt that chilli peppers have a spicy kick. A component called capsaicin is responsible for these spicy sensations.

In addition to capsaicin's ability to set your mouth on fire, it can also relieve pain through its analgesic properties, when applied to the skin.

Medical experts say capsaicin's pain-relieving properties are due to its endorphin rush. Upon contact with capsaicin (chillies/peppers), the body produces endorphins, which alter the perception of pain. Interesting, isn't it?

In addition to treating nerve pain, capsaicin can help with arthritis pain relief. The prescription version of capsaicin is available, as well as the over-the-counter (OTC) version.

Capsaicin is believed by experts to cause the following beneficial effects:

  • It distracts from pain by providing heat therapy.
  • It reduces the number of substances in the brain that transmit pain signals (substance P).

Various forms of capsaicin products

Capsaicin products are available in various forms, such as:

  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Ointments
  • Heat patches

The heat plasters for muscle pain that make use of capsaicin are also referred to as capsicum bandages or capsicum plasters. The capsicum heat plaster for muscle pain uses extracts of capsaicin to induce heat around the affected area, thereby relieving pain. Minor aches and pains can be relieved by these capsaicin patches, they are also available over-the-counter for arthritis, cramps, and sprains. 

Since the plaster can be applied to any joint on the body, including the neck, this can help in arthritis-related pain relief.

How to apply a capsaicin heat plaster:

Apply the capsaicin plaster to the affected joint after peeling away the paper backing. If a smaller quantity is needed, you can still apply it to the affected area by cutting it into smaller pieces. 

The directions for use of capsicum plaster mentioned on the packaging should be closely followed while applying the patch. Unless otherwise directed, do not exceed the duration of application recommended by the manufacturer.

Are capsaicin plasters safe for skin?

The topical use of capsicum plaster for muscle pain does not pose any severe health risks. You might feel a slight burning sensation after application, this is perfectly normal and should not be a cause of concern. It is common for capsaicin to cause short-term skin redness as well.

Capsaicin-containing products should be kept away from open wounds, eyes, and mouths. Overuse of the capsicum plaster may cause an adverse reaction to the skin so make sure that you do not exceed the recommended application period.

In a nutshell

If you suffer from arthritis pain often, capsicum is a great pain reliever alternative.

There are various formulations of capsaicin available, such as bandages, creams, gels, patches, and plasters. If you intend to use pain relief patches for osteoarthritis, start with a topical preparation.

Following the label instructions and not exceeding the recommended dose is important. Do not use the plaster if you notice any adverse reactions to the skin, consult a physician in such a case.

Disclaimer - Please note that the above recommendations are general care tips. Consult a health care professional in case of any uncertainty around wound treatment and healing.

Always see your doctor if a wound is deep, bleeding profusely or shows signs of infection. For diabetic patients especially, proper wound care holds the utmost importance. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor or your podiatrist, even when it comes to minor wounds and cuts – especially if they’re on your feet.

The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Although compiled with great care, it is not a substitute for professional advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult your doctor immediately. 

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