Chili peppers key to pain relief?

April 27, 2010 4:52:10 PM PDT
A team at the University of Texas says a substance similar to capsaicin which makes peppers hot is also found in the human body. Blocking the production of this substance seems to be able to stop chronic pain.

When the body is injured it releases the capsaicin-like molecules creating a pain pathway. Knocking out a gene for these receptors eliminated the sensitivity to pain. Researchers now hope to develop drugs to do just that.

There's more on this discovery in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.