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Hot New Pain Treatment: Chili Peppers
Fiery Ingredient Dripped Into Wounds

WASHINGTON -- Biting the bullet could soon be replaced with something more edible.

Scientists are testing the chemical that gives chili peppers their fire to see if it can ease the pain of surgery.

Doctors are dripping an ultra-purified version of capsaicin into open wounds during knee replacement and a few other highly painful operations. The volunteers are under anesthesia so they don't scream at the initial burn.

The hope is that bathing surgically exposed nerves in a high enough dose will numb them for weeks, so patients suffer less pain and require fewer painkillers as they heal.

Besides surgery, Harvard University researchers are mixing capsaicin with another anesthetic in hopes of developing epidurals that wouldn't confine women to bed during childbirth or dental injections that don't numb the whole mouth.

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Hmmm just try a pinch of what i sent ya between yer cheek and gum...bet you won't feel anything for a while there! Well, OTHER than the heat... which may beat the pain of a toothache!

Did ya try it at all? I love that stuff! As a side note ..Ihad some pure habenero powder last night on my baked beans. $^$%#% is that hot! Too hot! 5 times hotter than the Smitty's. Yeesh!
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No, I haven't tried it yet... I'm going to use one of my friends as a guinea pig! My stomach just can't handle heat... makes me sick. I enjoy it, but if I want to avoid 12 hours in the bathroom, I have to stay away. But my friend is a big heat fan so I'm sure he'll enjoy it! I should be seeing him this weekend, I'll let you know what he thinks!

Yikes, pure habanero would probably buy me a trip in the back of an ambulance! You're a brave man!
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