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Pippali: Piper longum

Useful in respiratory discomfort (including asthmatic condition) and cough
Removes unnecessary fat from the body
Stimulates digestive fire making a person feel hungry
Increases sexual desire
A rejuvenator of the body
Useful in all urinary disorders including Diabetes

Common Name:
Long pepper (Eng.)- Here pepper stands for spirit or the energy

Sanskrit Names:

  • Pippali
  • Magadhi- A plant that generally grows in Magadha constituency (Region covering the area of Bihar and West Bangal in India) 
  • Vaidehi- Means this plant grows successfully in Videha region (Southern Nepal)
  • Krishna- As it is normally with Krishna (black) color
  • Kana- As its fruits are embedded in the surface of a flower spike in the form of minute projections
  • Chapala- Means it is very sharp in character
  • Teekshna tandula
  • Ushna- As it is having Ushna/ Katu (Pungent taste)
  • Upakulya- As it generally grows near watery areas
  • Shaundi
  • Kola- As its flower spikes having fruits on it weigh one Kola (6gm) in general

Lt. Name:
Piper longum - Piperaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste) -  Katu (Pungent)
  • Guna (Characteristics) -  Laghu (Light); Snigdha (Unctuous); Teekshna (Sharp)
  • Veerya (Potency) -   Anushnasheeta (Neither warm nor cool)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect) - Madhur (Sweet) 

Chemical composition of Pippali:
Pippali contains less essential oil than its relatives (about 1%), which consists of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons and ethers (bisabolene, β-caryophyllene, β-caryophyllene oxide, each 10 to 20%; α-zingiberene, 5%), and, surprisingly, saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons: 18% pentadecane, 7% tridecane, 6% heptadecane.

Effect of  Pippali on Tridoshas:
Pippali pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas i.e. useful in management of diseases having their origin in aggravated Kapha/ Vata or Both.

Therapeutic Uses of Pippali in Ayurveda:

  • Shwas-kasahara- Pippali is useful in respiratory discomfort (including asthmatic condition) and cough
  • Hikkanighrana- Pippali alleviates hiccough
  • Shirovirechana- Pippali is used in therapeutic cleansing of the body parts above the clavicle level
  • Vamana- Pippali is useful in therapeutic vomiting
  • Triptighna- Pippali alleviates anorexia
  • Deepana- Pippali stimulates digestive fire making a person feel hungry
  • Shoolaprashamana- Pippali is having tranquillizer (Pain killer) action
  • Vrishya- Pippali increases sexual desire
  • Rasayana- Pippali is a rejuvenator of the body
  • Kushthahara- Pippali is useful in all skin diseases
  • Pramehahara- Useful in all urinary disorders including Diabetes
  • Meda vinashini- Pippali removes unnecessary fat from the body
  • Krimiroganut- Pippali is useful in all infectious conditions
  • Pleehaghna- Pippali is useful in Splenomegaly

Buy Pippali

Pippali Powder 2 oz

Pippali Powder 4 oz

Pippali Powder 1/2 Lb

Pippali Powder 1 Lb

Pippali Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Pippali:

  • Primarily used for cold, wet and ‘mucusy’ conditions of the lungs. Pippali encourages vasodilatation and therefore increases circulation, specifically to the lungs. Used with honey in asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and compromised immunity in the respiratory system.
  • Clinical studies show that that piperine increases the absorption of curcumin in Turmeric root (used at 1:10). Its anthelmintic qualities are used as part of a formula to kill worms, amoebas and parasites. It helps to treat diarrhea from cold symptoms and constipation
  • Pippali has a hepatoprotective effect that may benefit fibrosis.

Useful part of Pippali:
Fruits, root

Doses of Pippali:
Powder 1/2-1 gm

Some combinations with Pippali:
Guda pippali, Pippali khanda, Pippalyaasava 

Some important notes about Pippali:

  • Pippali is the best medication among the plants those are appetizer, digestive stimulant, and anti flatulent.
  • Pippali powder should be taken with honey to get rid of unwanted fat and maintain normal body weight.
  • In chronic fever Pippali powder should be taken with jaggery.
  • Taking Pippali powder with castor oil and cow urine is very effective in management of neuralgic conditions specially the Sciatica.
  • Here in Ayurveda a formulation of Pippali named Pippalivardhaman rasayana is mentioned in which Pippali powder is taken in regularly increasing dose. This Rasayana is very effective in management of Splenomegaly(Enlargement of spleen)

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