African Bird Pepper: For your Body Pains and Allergies

The African bird pepper is a type of cayenne pepper that is known for being extremely spicy. It grows abundantly in the wild in Africa. Due to its savoury flavour, it has been used by millions across the globe as a seasoning. It has also been widely known to cure certain illnesses.

Due to its extreme popularity many countries grow it including China, Mexico, India, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

This is why it is known by many names including the following:

  • African Chillies

  • African Pepper

  • Aji

  • Bird Pepper

  • Capsaicin

  • Capsaïcine

  • Capsicum Oleoresin

  • Capsicum pubescens

  • Cayenne

  • Cayenne Fruit

  • Cayenne Pepper

  • Chili

  • Cis-capsaicin

  • Civamide

  • Garden Pepper

  • Goat’s Pod

  • Grains of Paradise

  • Green Chili Pepper

  • Green Pepper

  • Hot Pepper

  • Hungarian Pepper

  • Ici Fructus

  • Katuvira

  • Lal Mirchi

  • Louisiana Long Pepper

  • Mexican Chilies

  • Mirchi

  • Oleoresin capsicum

  • Paprika

  • Pili-pili

  • Piment de Cayenne

  • Piment Enragé

  • Piment Fort

  • Pimento

  • Poivre de Cayenne

  • Poivre de Zanzibar

  • Poivre Rouge

  • Red Pepper

  • Sweet Pepper

  • Tabasco Pepper

  • Trans-capsaicin

  • Zanzibar Pepper

  • Zucapsaicin

  • Zucapsaïcine

Other Benefits

Other than its culinary value, it is also used as a folk cure for common ills and other medical problems. The secret behind the flavor and efficacy of the African bird pepper is capsaicin. This chemical is also used today as a treatment for a number of illnesses. Some people use it to treat muscle pain, poor blood circulation, and many others.

There are those who use it to cure the following:

  • intestinal gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and cramps;
  • toothache, seasickness, alcoholism, malaria, and fever
  • muscle spasms, back pain, shingles, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia (when applied on skin);
  • laryngitis (when gargled); and
  • Hay fever, migraine headache, cluster headache, and sinusitis (when placed inside the nose).

Besides the abovementioned benefits, African bird pepper is also used to treat cardiovascular problems. Some even call it the ‘circulatory stimulant.’ It may help lower blood pressure. It may also lower the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of this herb on the skin.

There are other uses of this pepper. Its dried and powdered form is extremely painful when sprayed on the eyes. Some manufacturers have made pepper sprays using it.

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