Topical chilli works for OA pain

The active ingredient found in chillies works in relieving pain in osteoarthritis, a meta-analysis concludes.

Topical capsaicin was “moderately effective” in reducing pain for up to 20 weeks in patients with moderate pain and clinical or radiologically defined OA, the meta-analysis of five double-blind randomised trials and one case-crossover trial found.

“Capsaicin should be used early in the OA treatment algorithm, especially for superficial joints such as the hand and knee,” concluded the authors from the Menzies Institute in Tasmania.