Pouring Hot Sauce on Your Wound: How Capsaicin is Changing Pain Relief

It might sound like a terrible thing to do, but scientists both in Europe and the United States have begun dripping hot sauce on open wounds. They say that chili peppers may hold the key to after-surgery pain relief. A pain specialist from Denmark named Dr. Eske Aasvang and a California-based company Anesiva, Inc. are using a purified phytochemical chemical called capsaicin to help patients get over the pain of surgery.

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