Many of us have lost relatives to the life-threatening stroke or heart attack and there have been occasions where a few minutes’ delay in medical attention took things down the unfortunate road often traveled. However, specialists and physicians have recommended cayenne pepper tea as a natural remedy against culling a heart attack possibility. The key ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, is what is responsible for this stitch in time.
1 Why cayenne pepper tea?
Scientific evidence gathered by researchers after performing on lab animals has proved that capsaicin induces heat generation in the anatomy that encourages the pathways to the heart, in lab animals like rats, to re-open to proper circulation of blood and oxygen, reducing the scope of the heart attack. The cayenne pepper tea typically contains enough minerals to produce 90,000 Scoville Heat Units that should be enough to cause the pathways to the human heart to function normally in the duration of a heart attack or a stroke. Cayenne pepper comprises of at least 26 different minerals which work in unison.
Cayenne pepper tea is also recommended as a health tonic by some herbal medicine practitioners. Cayenne pepper has anti fungal qualities and also benefits the human digestive system by regulating the secretion of gastric juices. The key component of cayenne pepper, capsaicin, is used in many tonic ointments as a pain reliever; the capsaicin inhibits the levels of substance P in the system which is a key in the sensation of pain in the human body. This means that joint pains and sprains can be treated with such ointments too.
2 How to prepare cayenne pepper tea?
Cayenne pepper tea needs to be prepared over the course of 28-29 days during which the tincture concentrates itself into a strong concoction. The cayenne is first taken in its crushed form or fresh cayenne is crushed until its powder form is derived. The solute is then mixed with a quarter bottle of alcohol; vodka, for best practices. The solution is mixed until a sauce-like texture is formed by the mixture, and then left for 28-29 days to increase its potency to the fullest.
3 How is it applied?
In the event of a heart attack the mixture is applied in teaspoons, say 10-12 droplets in a series. The tincture must be supplied to the patient as immediately after the heart attack as possible, so that the patient can avoid being knocked out unconscious. Should the patient be unconscious under the duress of the attack, then the droplets should be applied under their tongue, followed by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). After the tincture is served to the conscious patient, they should be put down to rest with sufficient room for air passage. The tincture should be supplied again after 5-10 minutes.
4 Doctor’s word
There has been plenty research scientifically and practice by herbal experts who have substantiated claims that the remedy is effective in the event of a minor attack or a stroke, or in a rare scenario where there is going to be delay before proper medical attention. However, doctors continue to call it only a worst case scenario alternative and ask us not to entrust in it fully. There has been anecdotal evidence though that this remedy may have worked in favor of some patients. Some medical practitioners go as far as to prohibit its use on patients, claiming that inducing heat in a patient on the brink of a heart attack or a stroke could prove fatal.
Some doctors have gone on to state that capsaicin can react badly in patients suffering from heart diseases or blood problems and under the medication of a blood thinner by abrupt increase in the blood flow out of the heart to the brain and other parts of the body. This could lead to uncontrolled bleeding. In a research study performed on lab mice, cayenne pepper proved useful only in protecting the heart muscles. Only the muscles remained functional which allowed the blood circulation to elevate again and prevent the mouse from dying. The cayenne DID NOT STOP THE HEART ATTACK ITSELF! The researches could not even quantify what amount of cayenne pepper would be most effective in such a scenario.
There were derivative studies from the cayenne pepper on heart attack research, that were conducted by inserting acupunctured needles to put pressure on the nerves the capsaicin worked on in a heart attack scenario; however, those have not yielded any results such as stopping heart attack, either. You have a better chance of putting the heart attack at bay with an aspirin pill. An aspirin pill is scientifically known to reduce the percentage of mortality by 20-30% if not stop heart attack dead in its tracks. Some have suggested usage of aspirin coupled with the cayenne pepper tea tincture but that is even more gravely restricted by doctors.
5 The Final word
Cayenne Pepper also has other qualities such as being an antioxidant and preventing adhesion in between blood platelets. This prevents the blood from clotting and consequently leading to strokes. The blood vessels are dilated on being subjected to the cayenne which assists in circulation of blood.
Cayenne pepper tea can be kept at hand as a “Do It Yourself” remedy in case heart attack strikes your family at the moment you least expect it. Once again, it is strictly a life hack, an alternative to be employed only in the event that there is no medical help reaching in time. For best measure, keeping your cardiac surgeon or the local emergency room on speed dial is still your safest bet!