Ayurveda – Pippali Herb


Ayurveda – Pippali and its medical importance

Pippali which is referred to as long pepper, is widely used in India, and for some extent in Nepal and north of Africa as ingredient in their cooking, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning.It has a taste similar to, but hotter than, that of its close relative Piper nigrum – from which black, green and white pepper are obtained. Other than just being a spice, Pippali has also got its own medical importance, in texts of Ayurveda. We shall look into the medical importance of pippali.

English name– Long pepper
Hindi name– Peepal
Sanskrit name– Pippali, Vaidehi, Magadhi and Krishna
Kingdom– Plantae
Family name– Piperaceae
Botanical name- Piper longum

Pippali has got unique property,
Anti- tumor

Medicinal Use:
Let us see how Pippali can be used for medicinal purpose –
Indian long pepper is used to improve appetite and digestion, as well as treat stomachache, heartburn, indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and cholera.It is also used for lung problems including asthma, bronchitis, and cough.Other uses include treatment of headache, toothache, vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi),coma, epilepsy, fever, stroke, trouble sleeping (insomnia), leprosy, extreme tiredness,enlarged spleen, muscle pain, nasal discharge, paralysis, psoriasis, intestinal worms, snakebites, tetanus, thirst, tuberculosis, and tumors.
Some women use Indian long pepper during childbirth and during the 3-6 weeks following childbirth while the uterus returns to normal size. Women also use Indian long pepper to stimulate menstrual flow; to cause abortions; and to treat menstrualcramps, infertility, and loss of interest in sexual activity.

Use of Pippali can benefit us, let us see how
Cleanses the blood (alterative), Increases digestion, Treats Manda Agni (low fire), Reduces gas and bloating, Detoxifies the body, Rejuvenative (especially for the lungs), Treats cough, asthma and hiccups. Treats respiratory infections and disorders, Reduces fever, Benefits anemia
Treats skin disorder, Beautifies the complexion, Reduces hemorrhoids, Benefits liver, gallbladder and spleen issues, Treats menstrual disorders such as amenorrhea and dysmenorrheal, Reduces Vata Nervous System disorders (anxiety, fear, worry, etc), Enhances the memory and intellect (medhya), Useful in arthritis (especially gout and Rheumatoid Arthritis), Increases circulation, Increases sperm mobility, Increase the sexual potency (both men and women); treats impotence, low libido and premature ejaculation, Increases fertility (both men and women), Useful in weight loss therapy, Benefits sciatica, Benefits insomnia, Useful in epilepsy,Reduces tumor formation.

Home Remedies:
1)For Toothache:Take 1-2 gm of long pepper powder and mix with rock salt, turmeric powder and mustard oil.Apply this mixture on teeth.It cures toothache.
2)For Insomnia: Grind 1-3 gm powder of Long pepper root with sugar.You can also use double amount of jaggery indeed. Give this mixture twice a day.It cures digestion related disorders and results in sound sleep.This process is commonly administered in aged persons.

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