Does capsaicin have any medicinal uses?

Topical applications of capsaicin are prescribed for arthritis, phantom limb pain, tendonitis, sore muscles and shingles. Capsaicin mouth washes and nasal sprays are prescribed for toothache, bronchitis, asthma, and migraine headaches. The nasal sprays stop chronic runny noses and sneezing and reduce congestion. Capsaicin aids digestion and appetite, seems to lower blood sugar and cholesterol and reduces blood clotting. Capsaicin creams for topical application as pain relievers are available as over-the-counter drugs, but they are expensive. You can make your own by blending some habaneros, seeds and all, with mineral oil, then straining the concoction and mixing it over heat with beeswax or paraffin.” – Floridata

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