Ayurveda and Science

Pippali/पिप्पली/Piper longum/Long Pepper


Pippali Plant
Hindi Name: Pippali
Sanskrit Name: Pippali
English Name: Long Pepper
Latin Name: Piper longum Linn
A slender aromatic climber having flowers in solitary spikes forming small red berries sunken in solid fleshy spike. The spike is tremendously used in Ayurveda for the preparation of number of formulations.

Piper Longum Medicinal Uses

Long pepper finds a wide range of applications in Ayurveda. It is used as a "Rasayana" in the treatment of respiratory disorders and also as an important constituent in digestive formulations. Ayurveda uses it as an ingredient of Trikatu (three pungent herbs). Individually long pepper is used in correcting digestive disturbances and minor respiratory ailments. Trikatu is an important constituent in many Ayurvedic formulations. Experimental studies suggest that Trikatu increases bioavailability of the substances administered along with them.

Chemical Composition

The fruits contain volatile oil, resin and alkaloids piperine and piperlonguminine.

Effect on

Pacifies Vata and Kapha.
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