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Capsaicin as a Therapeutic Molecule

  • Omar M. E. Abdel-Salam

Part of the Progress in Drug Research book series (PDR, volume 68)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Istvan Nagy, Dominic Friston, João Sousa Valente, Jose Vicente Torres Perez, Anna P. Andreou
    Pages 39-76
  3. Mark Schumacher, George Pasvankas
    Pages 105-128
  4. Howard Smith, John R. Brooks
    Pages 129-146
  5. Umesh Singh, Jonathan A. Bernstein
    Pages 147-170
  6. Felix W. Leung
    Pages 171-179
  7. Inés Díaz-Laviada, Nieves Rodríguez-Henche
    Pages 181-208
  8. Laura L. Laslett, Graeme Jones
    Pages 277-291
  9. Katherine Boyd, Sofia M. Shea, James W. Patterson
    Pages 293-306
  10. Harris E. Foster Jr., AeuMuro G. Lake
    Pages 307-317
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 319-321

About this book


This volume provides an up-to-date account of the achievements pertaining to the application of capsaicin and capsaicin-like molecules in the therapy of various human ailments such as pain, non-allergic rhinitis, obesity, tumors, and gastrointestinal, dermatologic, and urologic disorders. It discusses the basic functions  of  the capsaicin receptor (TRPV1), its mechanisms of action, and its role in physiological and pathological processes. The text focuses on the most recent progress in the use of capsaicin and capsaicin-like molecules as a therapeutic agent and highlights potential pharmaceutical implications of further TRPV1 research. The chapters are written by noted experts in their fields of endeavor. This book offers both clinicians and researchers valuable resource and reference material  on the subject that will stimulate future research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Omar M. E. Abdel-Salam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Toxicology and NarcoticsNational Research CenterCairoEgypt

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From the reviews:

“This book in the Progress in Drug Research series is devoted to a current description of the therapeutic use of capsaicin, the potent vanilloid component of chili peppers, in human illnesses ranging from pain, rhinitis, and gastrointestinal disorders to obesity and cancer. … It is intended to be generally useful to both ‘clinicians and researchers’ in stimulating additional research in this area.” (Kenneth E. McCarson, Doody’s Book Reviews, June, 2014)