Hindi Name- Pipala
English Name- Long Pepper
Kannada Name- Hippali, Hipli
Telugu Name- Pippallu
Tamil Name- Tippili
Bengali Name- Pipal
Malayalam Name- Tippali
Punjabi Name- Maghaun
The pippali long pepper is ubiquitous in so many ayurvedic rasayana and rejuvenating formulas as well as a wide and varied use in siddha and unani medicine. It’s a common herb used for aphrodisiac and detox. Pippali (Piper longum) is called the Indian long pepper, sometimes also referred to as ‘Javanese’. Primarily cultivated for its fruit, the long pepper is dried and used as a spice and seasoning. It is similar to black pepper in terms of taste. Pippali is beneficial for cold and cough related diseases. It is often combined with ginger and black pepper to form the famous Trikatu (Three Spices). The key ingredient of Pippali Rasayana, pippali is beneficial for health in a number of ways, a decoction in milk is very effective in treating certain lung disorders and asthma.
Kapha Vataghni – Balances Kapha and Vata Dosha
Katu – Pungent taste
Ushna – hot
Vrushya – aphrodisiac
Pitta Avirodhini – Does not increase Pitta to a large extent.
Deepani – improves digestion strength
Rasayani – anti aging, rejuvenative
Anushna – not very hot
Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Rechani – causes purgation
Shwasahara – useful in asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases
Kasahara – relieves cough, cold
Udarahara – useful in ascites
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Pramehahara – useful in diabetes
Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumor
Arshahara – relieves piles, haemorrhoids
Amanut – useful in indigestion, relieves Ama
Marutahara – Useful in Vata imbalance disorders
Pittaprakopini – slightly increases Pitta.
Kshayapaha – relieves chronic lung disorders, tuberculosis.
Sample traditional recipes:
Long pepper for obesity – Pippali is administered along with honey to treat obesity, Kapha imbalance disorders like cold, cough, asthma, fever. This combination improves digestion strength, acts as aphrodisiac and Medhya – improves intelligence.
Long pepper for Asthma, anemia – Long pepper powder one part and jaggery two part is mixed and administered to relieve cough, asthma, anemia, cardiac disorders, anemia and intestinal worm infestation.
Pippali for tuberculosis – Long pepper is very useful to improve lung strength, because it is rejuvenative and anti aging, and because it improves appetite, it helps to avoid weight loss associated with tuberculosis and its treatment. It also helps to prevent liver damage that sometimes results from the medicines used in tuberculosis management.
For rheumatoid arthritis – Root decoction (Moola Kashaya) of an herb called Patala Garudi (Cocculus hirsutus) is administered along with Pippali (long pepper) in treating Amavata – rheumatoid arthritis.
This pungent mix helps clear the lungs:
Ajwain seeds contain about 50% thymol, a well known and antibacterial essential oil.
1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds
1/4 teaspoon pippali
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
Ajwain * Long Pepper * Red Poppy *
Herbal Tea: Steep for 10 minutes in hot water drink twice a day.
For dry cough try chewing 1/4 teaspoon ajwain seeds mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar.*
*The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.