Cayenne, more commonly known as chili peppers, belongs to Capsicum family and is much more than just a flavoring agent for your dishes. It owes its name from a town in South America’s French Guiana. Traditionally used in China as well as America as a treatment for various ailments, cayenne has gained prominence as a detox and cleansing agent. The active agent in cayenne is capsaicin, chemically known as 8-methyul-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, which reduces pain, prevents ulcers, clears respiratory passages, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Besides, cayenne is rich in beta carotene with strong antioxidant properties that reduce arthritis and asthma symptoms. Cayenne has also shown proven results in reducing fever, heartburn, sore throat, nausea, etc. It can also prevent instances of dyspepsia, scarlet fever, tonsillitis, hemorrhoids, diphtheria, etc. The following article discusses health benefits of cayenne in detail.