Pippali, a herb known for its heating and nourishing properties, is beneficial for stimulating metabolism and maintaining digestive health. Â It helps to burn toxins – supporting a healthy liver, enhances the digestive fire and also breaks down undigested food in the body.
Pippali is also an excellent tonic for the lungs, supporting clear and comfortable breathing, as well as nourishingÂ the blood and promoting healthy circulation.
Long pepper, commonly called âPippalâ in Sanskrit, is an important medicinal spice. It belongs to the family Piperaceae and is native to South and South-East Asia. Long pepper is similar to black pepper in composition (1).Â It is most commonly used to treat chronic bronchitis, asthma, constipation, gonorrhoea, paralysis of the tongue, diarrhoea, cholera, chronic malaria, viral hepatitis, respiratory infections, stomach ache, bronchitis, diseases of the spleen, cough, and tumours (2).
Other benefits of Long pepper includes fighting against bacterial infection, acting as an aphrodisiac, antidiabetic agent, weight loss, oxygenating the body, improving skeletal health, improving skin and fighting ageing (3).
- Babu KN, Divakaran M, Ravindran PN, Peter KV. 25 – Long pepper. In: Peter KV, editor. Handbook of Herbs and Spices: Woodhead Publishing; 2006. p. 420-37.
- Kumar S, Kamboj J, Suman, Sharma S. Overview for Various Aspects of the Health Benefits of Piper Longum Linn. Fruit. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. 2011;4(2):134-40.
- Chauhan K, Solanki R, Patel A, Carol M, Patel M. Phytochemical and therapeutic potential of Piper longum Linn – a review. International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy (IJRAP). 2011;2(1):157-61.
Dosage and Directions
Â½Â teaspoon mixed with honey,Â twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
Store in a cool, dry place (below 30Â°C) away from direct sunlight.