Spicy peppers contain a substance called capsaicin. Devised by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, a Scoville Unit is a measurement of capsaicin level in a particular pepper or variety. The scoville ranges from 1 to 10 with ten being the the most hot.
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 05:53 am EST :
As a matter of interest, I recently had a sore back which was greatly eased by a new product here (dont know the name , sorry) which is based on capsicum. I thought it was only good for police spray.
Markvs- Waiuku, Zone "9 down to -5 C"
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 02:31 pm EST :
Products like Capsazin are dangerous and, given all the horror stories online about its use, I am surprised they have not yet been sued. I have some arthritis in my feet and applied it as directed and the result was excruciating pain for well over 8 hours and that was with constant water rinsings. Unfortunately, I learned about its dangers the hard way. It was nothing short of chemically burning myself.
Charles- WI, Zone "4b"