Q. You recently had a question from a person with arthritic fingers who can't use anti-inflammatory drugs because of an ulcer. Many years ago, an old man panning gold in icy water told me of an arthritis cure. He'd had arthritis in his fingers so bad he could hardly move them. He started taking a teaspoon of cayenne a day in a small glass of tomato juice. He said this remedy took a month to take effect and a month to wear off.

When I got an arthritis attack in my hip, I started taking cayenne. I found that one-fourth teaspoon a day in a tall glass of orange juice works for me.

A. We’ve heard of lots of arthritis remedies over the years but we’ve never heard about swallowing cayenne. It is a time-honored ingredient in arthritis rubs, however.


Join Over 80,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

Each week we send two free email newsletters with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies and a preview of our award-winning radio show. Join our mailing list and get the information you need to make confident choices about your health.

  1. ketan

    Hi, if taking Cayenne peppers orally will it cause any ulcer or piles as it is very hot in nature? Can I mix it with apple cider vinegar for arthritis?

What Do You Think?

We invite you to share your thoughts with others, but remember that our comment section is a public forum. Please do not use your full first and last name if you want to keep details of your medical history anonymous. A first name and last initial or a pseudonym is acceptable. Advice from other commenters on this website is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm. We expect comments to be civil in tone and language. By commenting, you agree to abide by our commenting policy and website terms & conditions. Comments that do not follow these policies will not be posted.