Arthritis Neck Pain – Red Pepper and Capsaicin


Capsaicin is a common ingredient in creams and ointments used in the treatment of arthritis to relieve such symptoms as arthritis neck pain, muscle pain, and joint stiffness. Many over the counter ointments use capsaicin as their primary pain relieving ingredient. Patients often find these creams helpful in the relief of arthritis neck pain. However, few realize the origins of their favorite arthritis neck pain relieving topical treatment is a derivative of a common household spice. Capsaicin is derived from red pepper or Cayenne pepper. It can have relieving effects on arthritis neck pain when taken orally or used topically.

Arthritis Neck PainCapsicum, the active ingredient in red pepper that is used for arthritis neck pain relief, among other arthritic issues, interferes with the body’s perception of pain. Capsaicin, the resulting chemical compound, stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins act on the body like an opiate, relieving arthritis neck pain and other discomforts. Salicylates, another compound found in red pepper, acts on the body as a natural aspirin. Between releasing endorphins and providing an aspirin like pain reliever, arthritis sufferers can get a modicum of relief from arthritis neck pain as well as painful joint stiffness.

While capsaicin is an effective topical remedy to relieve arthritis neck pain, especially when applied at least four times daily, consuming red pepper or Cayenne pepper can also have pain relieving effects. A diet heavily peppered with red or Cayenne pepper might not be so forgiving on a sensitive stomach. In that regard, arthritis neck pain sufferers may find they only traded one pain for another. However, complimenting your diet with small amounts of red or Cayenne pepper at a level tolerable to your stomach can provide some arthritis neck pain relief. For best results, the use of capsaicin as a topical pain reliever yields the best results.

Capsaicin for arthritis neck pain relief is available in several over the counter creams. Studies have shown the use of capsaicin for arthritis neck pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis reduced some patients’ pain by up to 50%. Those same studies showed arthritis neck pain and other discomfort caused by osteoarthritis were reported by participants to have been reduced by as much as 33%. While over the counter creams are available, a less expensive, holistic mixture is possible right in your own kitchen. Mixing one ounce of pepper to one quart of alcohol and allowing the mixture to stand for two to three weeks can produce and effective capsaicin liquid for topical application.