Capsicum – relaxing spiciness

Capsaicin is obtained from the dried seed pods of chili peppers of the genus capsicum, which is also called cayenne pepper, chilli or Spanish pepper. The plant originates in South America, but today it can also be found in Europe, India and Asia.

The effects of capsaicin are based on the stimulation of certain receptors located in sensory nerve endings, which, when activated, convey a feeling of heat or sharpness. After an initial stimulation phase, the sensitive nerve fibres are desensitised by capsaicin, which reduces muscle tension.