Pippali; Piper longum also termed as long pepper is especially useful in respiratory problems. It encourages broncho-dilation and improves blood circulation in lungs. Because of its Ushna Virya; Pippali increases the fire content of the body and an increased metabolic rate which works in burning of extra fats from the body. Pippali is also of great use in liver and spleen disorders. A formulation of Pippali named PippaliVardhaman Rasayana is specially indicated in splenomegaly – a health problem involving enlarged spleen. Besides all these Pippali is also one of the best Ayurveda herbs which nourish each and every part of the body and increases vigor and vitality of the body. Pippali – Long Pepper is a very unique spice. It has all qualities of a typical spice like useful in indigestion, asthma, cough etc. but it is also a very good aphrodisiac and anti aging spice
HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
Found in the hotter parts of India, from central Himalayas to Assam, Khasi and Mikir hills. Also found in forest of western ghats from Konkan to Kerala. Long pepper, which tastes pungent and sweet at the same time, probably came to Europe much before the now dominant black pepper. It is believed that during the Roman Empire, it was priced about three times more than black pepper, as it was perfect for Roman cookery, which especially favored these two taste sensations. Its hot-and-sweet taste goes well with spicy cheese specialties or wine sauces. In India, the long pepper is mainly used in pickles. Long pepper, which tastes pungent and sweet at the same time, probably came to Europe much before the now dominant black pepper. It is believed that during the Roman Empire, it was priced about three times more than black pepper, as it was perfect for Roman cookery, which especially favored these two taste sensations. Its hot-and-sweet taste goes well with spicy cheese specialties or wine sauces. In India, the long pepper is mainly used in pickles
Pods and leaves
FLAVOUR AND ENERGETIES
Anxiolytic, tonic, hypolipidemic, rejuvenative, nervine, sedative, 5 and adaptogenic.
Mono and sesquiterpenes, caryophyllene (mainly), Piperine, Piperlongumine, Piperlonguminine, Pipernonaline, Piperundecalidine, Pipercide, Sesamin, B- sitosterol four aristolactams
USES AND PREPARATION
• Pippali increases blood flow when applied locally. Therefore it is used in swelling accompanied with pain.
• Pippali is a brain tonic and alleviates vata. It is useful in weakness of the brain and vata disorders.
• Pippali is used to treat anaemia and blood disorders as it act on rakta dhatu and enhances rakta dhatvagni.
• Pippali act as vermicide by pungent, Tikshna and ushna properties..
• Increasing dose is a boon for chronic fever, typhoid, agnimandya and splenomegaly. Though pungent, dry ginger and long pepper are only two drugs which are used in bleeding.
• It is an excellent medicine for cough, asthma and hiccoughs.
• acts as expectorant and prevents the production of mala kapha.
• used as a tonic for tuberculosis.
• The only ushna and Tikshna dravya which act as an aphrodisiac. It reduces seminal debility and act as an rejuvenator.
• useful in dysmenorrhoea and painful labour by its action of rasa pachan.
• Pippali is the best medicine for typhoid and chronic fever.
• Increase dose of Pippali effective in remittent fever, fever occurring in anupdesha and fever due to tuberclosis
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.