The health benefits of hot sauce

It gives your food an extra kick, but it could also knock out knee pain. How doctors are using the hot sauce to kick pain in the knees.

Hot sauce can put a fire in your belly and leave your eyes crying for more. Now, capsaicin—the active principle that gives chili peppers their punch—is knocking out knee pain.

At age 71 Ron Johnson says his knee is in better shape than it was in his fifties. That pain limited his work as a funeral director.

"One of the things that bothered me the most was limping down the aisle of a church funeral trying to push the casket," says Johnson.

But there is a spicy new treatment that used Adlea, an ultra-purified form of capsaicin. Doctor Birbera injects it into a patient's knee to relieve pain.

"It allows the entry of calcium which de-sensitizes the nerve for the prolonged period of time," Dr. Birbera says.

Doctors say capsaicin binds to specific receptors on nerves responsible for pain. When the cells open, extra calcium enters and the nerves become overwhelmed and shut down, thus numbing the pain from several weeks to months.

"What we are looking at here is a very targeted therapy," says Birbera.

Doctors say because capsaicin pinpoints the pain, patients are reporting few major side effects except the initial burning sensation when first injected.

But that’s it’s heat that's making the hurt go away.

Doctors are also studying Adlea for surgical pain.

Initial reports suggest pain is improved and patients may need less pain medication afterwards.

But Adlea is not FDA approved and doctors are still testing to see just how long the pain is relieved.

Hot sauce can put a fire in your belly and leave your eyes crying for more. Now, capsaicin—the active principle that gives chili peppers their punch—is knocking out knee pain.

At age 71 Ron Johnson says his knee is in better shape than it was in his fifties. That pain limited his work as a funeral director.

"One of the things that bothered me the most was limping down the aisle of a church funeral trying to push the casket," says Johnson.

But there is a spicy new treatment that used Adlea, an ultra-purified form of capsaicin. Doctor Birbera injects it into a patient's knee to relieve pain.

"It allows the entry of calcium which de-sensitizes the nerve for the prolonged period of time," Dr. Birbera says.

Doctors say capsaicin binds to specific receptors on nerves responsible for pain. When the cells open, extra calcium enters and the nerves become overwhelmed and shut down, thus numbing the pain from several weeks to months.

"What we are looking at here is a very targeted therapy," says Birbera.

Doctors say because capsaicin pinpoints the pain, patients are reporting few major side effects except the initial burning sensation when first injected.

But that’s it’s heat that's making the hurt go away.

Doctors are also studying Adlea for surgical pain.

Initial reports suggest pain is improved and patients may need less pain medication afterwards.

But Adlea is not FDA approved and doctors are still testing to see just how long the pain is relieved.


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