The researcher expresses her profound gratitude and heartfelt thanks to our Almighty God; the redeemer and provider of everything, for the courage and strength to make this research possible.
A million thanks to Mrs. Maria Victoria R. Valenzona, our Homeroom and Science adviser for teaching me the right procedures in research writing and for her unselfish support and guidance in order to make this project a success.
And lastly, the researcher expresses her sincere gratitude to her beloved parents for the love, moral and financial support, for the realization of this research work.
This research work is aimed to determine the effectiveness of red chili peppers as a topical natural pain reliever, compared to the commercial pain-relieving oils, creams and liniments, and also to know if it can be a good alternative to the artificial anti-inflammatory drugs. Three (3) different frequencies of applications were done to three (3) sample persons, and these are: 3 times a day, 4 times a day and 5 times a day, all for a duration of one (1) week. A commercially-bought pain reliever (Omega Pain Killer) was used for comparison.
Background of the Study
Most of the time, when we feel pain, we take anti-inflammatory drugs, but these drugs have many side-effects, such as ulcers, strokes, heart attack, damage to the kidney, bleeding in the stomach, among many other complications. There are many effective natural pain killers, which can be used instead of the artificial drugs. Thus, this researcher looked for a natural pain reliever from plants like red chili peppers.
Objective/Statement of the Problem
The objective of this research project is to determine the effectiveness of red chili peppers as a natural pain reliever, compared to the commercial anti-pain liniments, like Omega Pain Killer, and also to know if it can be a good alternative to the oral anti-inflammatory drugs to avoid the side effects of these artificial medicines.
Significance of the Study/Project
A lot of people suffer from various body pains ranging from back pains, muscle aches, cramps to chronic arthritis. It is estimated that millions of these people take anti-inflammatory drugs everyday. But, taking artificial pain killers for an extended period of time is dangerous to health. These drugs are costly and contain chemicals that cause side effects, varying from mild to severe. This research work is designed to provide an alternative pain reliever that is organic, economical and safe.
Scope and Limitation of the Study
This study is limited only to the use of red chili peppers found in the garden and farm. The process of making the natural anti-pain liniment was done only by using methods and equipment available at home. Only three (3) frequencies of applications were made, and tested only in three (3) sample persons who are either family members or neighbors of the researcher. The applications were done for a duration of one (1) week only. A commercial liniment was also used for comparison.
Review of Related Literature
Red chili peppers (Capsicum annuum) are widely grown in tropical Asia and in other equatorial parts of the world. These peppers are used as seasoning or spices and as vegetable food. They derive their pungency or burning taste from the compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is used to treat pain in muscles or joints. It works by blocking the transmission of a pain-relaying chemical called substance P to the brain.
Definition of Terms
1. Topical Pain Reliever- is a substance applied to the skin to relieve body aches and pains.
2. Capsaicin- is the active component of chili peppers which gives its hot taste, and...