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Just curious if anyone uses capsaicin ointment to get some warmth into the hands? It's supposed to help with circulation, what do you think?


Karen :)

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I think I had use that years ago and yes I believe it did help. If it wasn't that it was something else the doctor gave me. I'm sorry I can't remember but that was over 20 years ago.


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Hi Karen,

I never thought of using capsaicin cream to warm my hands, but it's a good idea! I have used it for joint pain and it definitely helps you feel better. Not only that, according to an article in Arthritis Today magazine, it actually helps to reduce swelling as well as making you feel better. The area on which you put it gets very warm feeling. It feels so wonderful on a painful wrist or knee or whatever!


Mary in Texas

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Here is a link from Mayo on Topical Capsaicin. I have personal experience with this as my husband suffered for a long time with post herpetic neuralgia from a nasty bout of shingles. It is effective for the uses defined in the article, including arthritis. While I was rubbing the cream into my husband's legs regularly, the pain in my hands began to subside.


The burning sensation or that which makes your hands FEEL warm, subsides after using it for awhile. It has nothing to do with increased circulation in your hands, but more to do with your brain response to the pain. On the basis of this, I would NOT recommend it as a way of warming your hands only. Also, you must be very careful when you use this on your hands (for arthritis) not to get it into your eyes. Believe me, it is not something you will do more than once.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

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