I think I see my academic paper coming into focus. This article from Allheadlinenews.com alludes to not only the research being done at Harvard, but also some work being done by some Danish scientists as well. No major developments yet, but I feel like a big breakthrough is coming fairly soon.
Scientists Testing Chemicals In Hot Sauce For Anesthesia Purpose
October 29, 2007 9:44 p.m. EST
Nidhi Sharma – AHN News Writer
Washington D.C. (AHN) – American scientists are testing the chemicals in hot sauce for their benefits in relieving the pain of surgery.
Ultra-purified version of capsaicin is directly poured into open wounds during knee replacement and a few other highly painful operations as the volunteers are under anesthesia to see its effect in numbing the pain.
Doctors believe that when we bite a hot pepper, our tongue goes numb and if they follow the same procedure in surgeries it might provide the same effect. When surgically exposed nerves are exposed to a high dose of sauce, it will numb them for weeks, so that patients suffer less pain and require fewer narcotic painkillers as they heal.