Washington, July 8 (ANI): A systematic review by Cochrane Researchers says that there is a lack of proof using gels and creams containing rubefacients
are helpful in treating chronic and acute pain.
22 ml Rubefacient
with analgesic properties; counterirritant Thymol 0.
Ocimum canum Sim (Lamiaceae) is native to tropical Africa, and finds very useful application in folk medicine as an analgesic and rubefacient
(Ekundayo et al.
In cosmetics, red pepper can be used as a rubefacient
to stimulate and redden the skin.
In modern medicine, salicylic acid and its derivatives are used as constituents of some rubefacient
It can also be used for varicose veins and poor circulation as it is a rubefacient
Topical capsaicin (an extract from chilli) has demonstrated effective analgesia in knee and hand OA, but research does not support the use of rubefacients
such as salicylates, menthol and wintergreen, that induce vasodilation in the area.
It should not be used if rubefacients
(see below) are applied first.
Hot or cold compression packs and rubefacients
(heatproducing preparations) can also help.