What is capsicum?

What is capsicum ()? The use of capsicum in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.Capsicum is also known as cayenne pepper, red pepper, African chilies, green pepper, tabasco pepper, paprika, pimiento, Mexican chilies, Louisiana pepper, and others.Capsicum has been used internally as a gargle for throat irritation or infection, for stomach ailments, and to protect against hardening of the arteries and heart disease.Capsicum has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of capsicum may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.Capsicum may also have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

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