Chilli peppers help shingles
A patch based on hot chilli peppers can zap the pain of shingles.The skin patch contains a high concentration of a man-made version of capsaicin, which gives chilli its heat. Patients who wore it showed a 33 per cent reduction in pain compared with four per cent in those with a placebo in a trial at the University of Wisconsin.
Shingles is a painful infection of the nerves and skin around them. It is caused by a virus, which also causes chickenpox. Treatment usually includes repeated doses of antiviral medication or painkillers. However, just one application of the new patch, known as NGX-4010, may provide three months of constant pain relief.Capsaicin it thought to reduce levels of a compound known as substance P in nerves. Substance P is associated with the transmission of painful messages.
Source - Daily Mail