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Blood in the Stools

Posted by Sonny (Subang Jaya, Malaysia) on 09/05/2007

Dear sir, I took some cayenne pepper yesterday and found blood in the toilet bowl. Is it normal for such occurrences? I have hemorrhoid but it is under control, could you let me know whether this could be due to the cayenne pepper. Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

If a person has already a record of hemorrhoid, a cayenne pepper might cause some blood stools as cayenne pepper increases circulation, and with a sensitive bowel where it has not properly healed, cayenne pepper is contraindicated. Hence, I would preferably use baking soda 1/2 teaspoon x 2 times a day in 1/2 glass of water, on an empty stomach. The baking soda will reduce the constipation, stopping the hemorrohoid problems as the baking soda is a laxative,thus reducing the friction in the intestines when ridding of solid wastes. It is the friction from dry wastes which causes hemorrhoids and more alkalizing foods will stop that problem. At least it stopped me permanently of that problem if I control my urine pH to be in the alkaline region.