Oct 31, 2007

Hot spice used to cool pain
Chemical from chili peppers is being tested on surgical wounds

Doctors are dripping capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili
peppers their fire, directly into open wounds during some
highly painful operations.

These experiments use an ultra-purified version of
capsaicin to avoid infection -- the volunteers are
under anesthesia so they don't scream at the initial burn.

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