Red Chilli Benefits and Side Effects

As a common seasoning herb in thousands of kitchens all around the world, red chilli has been used since ancient days. Apart from the seasoning functions, they are also used to treat a variety of diseases in lots of herbal remedies. They contain capsaicin which is a chemical compound having the functionality of easing the pain. The capsaicin cream contained in chilli can be rubbed on the skin to relieve pains. It is also believed that they can be used to treat a variety of disorders including postherpetic neuralgia, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy and lower back pain after surgery.

Although red chilli can be used for medical purposes, they should not be applied on broken skins because they can irritate the skin and cause deterioration. Moreover, you cannot use red chilli cream for the treatment of herpes zoster as well. You should wait until the skin heals before put any chilli cream on them. Some herbal practitioners claim that red pepper can reduce itching, however there is still lack of scientific proof for this theory.

Another function of red chilli is that they can help lose weight. It can temporarily increase the body temperature which can facilitate the body metabolism and burn more calories. As a result, you can choose to consume chilli regularly to promote metabolism unless you are taking any medications which can interfere with chilli chemicals. Of course, this method cannot substitute for a good dieting plan and regular exercise.

Some medications or diseases may result in severe symptoms when using with chilli products. For example, people taking aspirin, angiotensin or blood thinners should avoid taking any form of chilli products. Also, patients taking asthma theophylline should avoid using red chilli as well because it will enhance the risk of being poisoned by theophylline.

Pregnant women should also avoid the usage of red chilli. Some scientific studies have found that they can increase the possibility of premature birth. Although capsaicin contained in chilli could help labor, this chemical can be passed through breast milk to her baby. So you should consult your doctor before taking any chilli products.

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