How to Use Cayenne Pepper for Arthritis Pain

Updated April 17, 2017

Cayenne pepper has been used for centuries as a spice, but also as a natural remedy. Cayenne pepper contains a chemical called capsaicin, which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and to reduce platelet stickiness. By reducing inflammation in the body, capsaicin can decrease pain, making cayenne pepper a natural addition to any arthritic person's diet. Cayenne pepper can be very difficult to handle in large amounts; in some cases, you only need 1/16th of a teaspoon to jump start your body's anti-inflammatory response! Learn how to use cayenne pepper for arthritis pain and gain an understanding of how this simple spice can make your life less painful.

Evaluate your digestive tract. Cayenne pepper can be very hard to digest for some people. If you have acid reflux, severe heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or any other digestive issue, consult your doctor before adding cayenne pepper to your diet.

Add 1/16th of a teaspoon to your food per day for a week. This is a very tiny amount. Pour it into soup, sprinkle on rice or pasta, or mix into vegetable juice to make it more palatable. If you experience stomach upset, switch to cayenne pepper capsules.

Increase your cayenne pepper intake to 1/8th of a teaspoon for week 2, taking it twice per day (morning and evening work best). By now you will notice a slight decrease in pain within 15 to 30 minutes of eating the cayenne pepper.

Add 1/4th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon to hot chocolate and stir. The combination of the 2 spices turns this simple drink into a Mexican hot chocolate, and cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory spice as well.

Increase your cayenne pepper intake to 2 teaspoons per day, spread out 4 to 6 times throughout the day. Switch to cayenne pepper capsules if this is too much dry powder to consume.


Drink plenty of water or fluids with your cayenne pepper. Buy cayenne pepper in bulk, preferably from an organic source.


Get medical advice before pursuing any new pain-relief method.

Things You'll Need

  • Cayenne pepper powder
  • Cayenne pepper capsules
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Lea Barton has been writing since 1989, with over 2,000 articles in print and online for such publications as "Today's Parent," "Boston Globe Magazine", and Associated Content. She attended Harvard University's Extension School, completing courses in creative writing and German.