Paprika (Cayenne) species low in capsaicin (Capsici fructus)

Published April 27, 1989.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

capsicinarme Paprika-Arten

Name of Drug

Capsici fructus, capsaicin-low paprika species.

Composition of Drug

Paprika consists of fresh or dried fruits of various low capsaicin-containing Capsicum species [Fam. Solanaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Low capsaicin-containing paprika preparations are used internally for disturbances of the digestive system, stomach and intestinal problems, and as a supportive remedy for heart and circulatory functions.

The effectiveness for the claimed application is not documented.


Rare hypersensitivity reactions (urticaria).


Since efficacy has not been documented, a therapeutic use of low capsaicin-containing paprika preparation cannot be recommended.