5 Amazing Health Benefits of Long Thin Cayenne Pepper – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description

1.1 What is a Cayenne long thin pepper?

Cayenne peppers (also known as Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, red hot chili pepper, aleva, bird pepper, or, particularly in its powdered form, red pepper; Chinese Pinyin: Qin Jiao, Simplified Chinese: 秦椒), is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum which is a species of pepper in genus Capsicum in the nightshades family, Solanaceae. The term Cayenne peppers can refer to the plant as well as the fruit of the plant. The edible fruits (used for cooking spicy dishes) are long thin berries that are red when ripe. Native to southern North America and northern South America and extensively cultivated across the world, the plant prefers warm, moist, nutrient-rich soil in a warm climate and can grow up to 70 cm tall.

1.2 How spicy is Cayenne long thin pepper?

Long, thin cayenne pepper crisp, firmed texture with a flavor that is vibrant, tangy and medium hot.

This is what Cayenne long thin pepper look like. (Image source: taobao.com)

1.3 How is Cayenne long thin pepper used in traditional Chinese medicine?

The shell of Cayenne long thin pepper is considered to have pungent, warm properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach and kidney meridians. It is used as discutient, analgesic and kidney tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as ankle swelling.

2. Uses, Health Benefits of Long Thin Cayenne Pepper & Medical Formulas

2.1 Boost Metabolism And Promote Weight Loss

Cayenne pepper is rich in capsaicin which is an active component of found in most chili peppers. Researches found out that oral ingestion of capsaicin can promote and increase fat oxidation by stimulating the metabolic rate for a period of time after meals. By boosting metabolism, eating Cayenne pepper may effectively promote weight loss and provide sufficient chemical energy to the systems of our body, including muscles, nerves, heart, lungs, and brain.

2.2 Enhance Vision And Prevent Night Blindness

Vitamin A (Retinoid) is a fat soluble vitamin contained in various foods that is both good for our eyes and our immune system. Studies suggest that a high level of Vitamin Ain body is linked with better vision, especially night vision. Vitamin A is a precursor of rhodopsin, the photopigment found in rods within the retina of our eye that assists us to see things at night. Without vitamin A, “night blindness” occurs. Other signs of Vitamin A deficiency include impaired immunity and hematopoiesis and rashes. Therefore, diets rich in this nutrients such as may help hold off the related diseases.

2.3 Relieve Ankle Swelling

[CTM Formula] Powdered Cayenne pepper mixed with salt and vinegar are applied externally to treat ankle swelling.

2.4 Chronic Mouth Sores

[CTM Formula] Porridge with Cayenne peppers its eaten to treat chronic mouth sores.

2.5 Toothache

[CTM Formula] A decoction of Cayenne peppers and vinegar is used as a mouth wash to relieve toothache.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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