Capsaicin for Arthritis Pain

Capsaicin is very effective for temporarily relieving arthritis pain in joints that are close to the skin surface, such as the joints of the fingers, knees and elbows. It may also reduce the pain from damaged nerves caused by shingles or diabetes. Capsaicin cream is a topical pain reliever that is applied directly to the skin. It contains capsicum, the component that gives cayenne pepper its heat, the product can be used to ease pain and stiffness in various joints as well as bring a measure of relief to sore muscles.

Capsaicin cream is considered an analgesic and has properties that help to ease arthritis pain by desensitizing the surrounding tissue. Topical capsaicin works by warming the area while also depleting or interfering with substance P, a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain. This in turn minimizes the amount of pain felt by the user while at the same time giving the skin and the underlying layers of tissue a feeling that is pleasant and warm.

Capsaicin cream is primarily used to treat arthritis pain, muscle and joint conditions and relieve pain and itching. Conditions it is used for include: back pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint pain, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, bursitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, itching, and post surgical pain.
Various research studies have supported the use of capsaicin for arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. One study done in 1991 involved 70 osteoarthritis patients and 31 rheumatoid arthritis patients; patients were instructed to apply 0.025% capsaicin or placebo to painful knees, four times a day. Results revealed that 80% of patients treated with capsaicin experienced pain reduction following two weeks of treatment.

Another study published in 1992 was done. In a 4 week study, capsaicin 0.075% was evaluated for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand. All of the study participants applied capsaicin to their hands 4 times daily and it was found that when compared to placebo, those who received capsaicin had reduced tenderness and pain if they had osteoarthritis, but this was not so with rheumatoid arthritis patients. Another study done contradicts this one; it found out that there is a 33% reduction in knee osteoarthritis pain and 57% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis pain.

For your safety be sure to wear gloves when applying capsaicin cream, do not apply it immediately after a hot bath or shower or use it with a heating pad, avoid getting capsaicin cream in eyes and other mucus membranes or broken skin, the safety of capsaicin cream in pregnant or nursing women hasn't been established. The main side effect of using capsaicin cream is that it can cause an uncomfortable burning sensation in the area. Do NOT use Capsaicin Cream if you are allergic to any ingredient in Capsaicin Cream.

There are many arthritis sufferers who have experienced significant relief from using our capsaicin cream called, Joint Comfort Rub. It provides the benefits of quick, "cool" penetrating menthol along with the addition of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which makes this comfort rub unique since it is a known carrier molecule, helping carry the other active ingredients through the skin to penetrate the deep tissues below, giving you deep, long-lasting relief. For more information or to order, please visit or call 877-266-6439.