The dried, ripe fruit of Capsicum fastigiatum.

Action and Uses: Capsicum is carminative, stimulant and rubefacient. It is frequently prescribed in atonic dyspepsia, especially in cases due to chronic alcoholism. Such use should be cautious and not long continued.

Dosage: 0.05 gm. or about 1 grain. Externally it is frequently used in the form of liniment, preferably a simple mixture of the tincture with the official soap liniment. The tincture mixed with an equal quantity of glycerol is used as a gargle in tonsillitis, pharyngitis, etc.

Capsicum plaster is a suitable preparation for the relief of neuralgia, muscular rheumatism, etc.