From the April 2003 Idaho Observer:
Cayenne Pepper: #1 herb for today's illnesses
by Ingri Cassel
When I receive information in 3s, this most definitely gets my attention. This past month, a gentleman inspired me to take cayenne tea on a daily basis. This man has been drinking cayenne tea three times a day for the past several years and has been reaping the health benefits. He hasn't gotten sick since he began this regimen and feels 20 years younger.
Soon after he shared the above with me, I received calls from two different subscribers to The IO. Both people were suffering from health problems that could easily be resolved through the daily use of cayenne. Both of these people were taking pharmaceutical drugs to alleviate their problems -- one is on high blood pressure medication and the other was on a medication to minimize the symptoms of internal bleeding ulcers.
We need to remember that pharmaceutical drugs never cure the condition, but instead create a dependence on their product for manageability of symptoms.
Cayenne, or capsicum anum, has been used for over 7,000 years as a food, a condiment, and a medicine. The plant originated in the Americas where it was used by natives south of the Mexican border and South America. Cayenne was introduced into Europe, India and Asia via the early trade merchants who dealt in spices during the 15th and 16th centuries. The use of cayenne as a medicine was first recorded by Columbus's physician, Dr. Chanca. From there its medicinal value was brought to light in some of the early European herbal books. By the 19th century, cayenne was well-known in many apothecaries in the United States and abroad.
During the early part of the 19th century, Dr. Samuel Thomson taught a group of physicians how to use cayenne successfully in their practices. These early naturopaths were known as Thomsonians and they employed cayenne for all cases of poor circulation, debility, indigestion, constipation, rheumatism, paralysis and general swelling in the joints.
Over sixty years ago Dr. John R. Christopher, the father of American herbology, was taught the value of cayenne by his teacher at Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia, Dr. H. Nowell. He relates the following story in a newsletter he wrote on cayenne:
I sat in class and Dr. Nowell said, We will now study today cayenne, which is actually called capsicum. I raised my hand and said, Dr. Nowell, why are we studying cayenne? It will burn the lining out of your stomach.
Dr. Christopher then shared in his newsletter his own powerful testimony:
I had hardening of the arteries, during my 20 and 30 year span, to a point that it was very severe. No insurance company at this time, would even take me for a $1,000 policy. So you can tell how bad a condition I was in. I was quite concerned about it, and started using cayenne.
Next month this column will continue on the value of using cayenne DAILY. In fact, I just may cover this topic for the next two months, it is that IMPORTANT. And if you are worried about SARS, then cayenne is for YOU! Also, please see the Sept and Oct. 1999 Idaho Observer regarding the multiple uses of cayenne with awesome testimonies.
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