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Study: Cactus-like plant compound shows promise in controlling surgical pain

Study: Cactus-like plant compound shows promise in controlling surgical pain (MGN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The National Institutes of Health just released new research, that says a chemical from a plant, like a cactus, shows promise in controlling surgical pain.

It's referred to as a naturally occurring plant molecule called “Resiniferatoxin” or “RTX.”

RTX is found in a plant like a cactus native to Morocco. It is five times more potent than the chemical that produces heat in hot peppers.

Researchers with the NIH say it may help block pain at a surgical incision without hindering touch and coordination.

According to a paper published in the online journal anesthesiology, it may help in the fight against opioids, because it does not act on the brain, but rather on the nerve endings of the skin.

These are lab studies conducted so far, further human trials still need to be done.

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