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Pippali (also known as Indian long pepper) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries for healing many ailments. Pippali is an exotic climbing perennial plant which may be seen in the hottest areas of India as well as in the central Himalayas. The fruits of this plant seem like little, thin cones, which provide a characteristic odor, and they have a particularly intense taste. Pippali is one of the traditional plants which are used for the culinary dishes and prevention of various diseases. In Sanskrit, it has a lot more titles: vaidehi, madaghi, kana, and about 50 more.


What is Pippali or Indian long pepper?

What's Indian Long Pepper?

Indian long pepper is a plant. The fruit of this plant is used to make medicine. Indian long pepper may be utilized in conjunction with other herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.

Indian long pepper is used to improve digestion and appetite, to treat stomach aches, nausea, indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and cholera. It's also used for lung problems such as bronchitis, asthma, and cough. Other uses include treatment of toothache, headache, vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), fever, stroke, coma, epilepsy, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), leprosy, muscle pain, nasal discharge, migraines, psoriasis, intestinal worms, tuberculosis,  snakebites, tetanus, extreme fatigue, enlarged spleen, thirst, and tumors.

Some women tend to use Indian long pepper during childbirth and the 3-6 weeks after delivery as the uterus returns to normal size. Women also use it to stimulate menstrual flow; to induce abortions; and to treat menstrual cramps, infertility, and loss of interest in sex.

It has been used to heal the following conditions, but more studies are needed to confirm the effectiveness for:

Migraine

Headache.

Cough.

Sleep disorders

Diarrhea.

Epilepsy.

Fever.

Stomach ache.

Toothache.

Asthma.

Bronchitis.

Cholera.

Coma.

Stroke.

Indigestion.

Menstrual disorders.

Other Ailments.

More evidence is required to rate the effectiveness of Indian long pepper for these applications.

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Pippali vs. black pepper

Pippali (Indian long pepper vs. black pepper)

lots of individuals confuse pippali with other kinds of pepper. It's often mistaken for black pepper. The flavor is similar, but pippali is thicker and more aromatic than black pepper. A variety of recipes are based on the blend of black pepper, pippali, and ginger.

The peppers of this pippali plant are chosen when they aren't yet ripe and green in color. At this stage of the development, their taste is extreme, and they are the most potent in healing properties. Once chosen, the fruits are dried in the sun until they get gray or nearly black. Most often, they stay intact, and their properties are maintained for a more extended period.

This herb has been described for treating respiratory ailments, intestinal flora, cholera, tuberculosis, tetanus, and leprosy.

In line with the early descriptions, pippali includes a hot (hot) flavor, but it will get a sweet taste if it experiences a thermal treatment. According to the classification of Ayurveda, it's heavy, slightly oily, and it's moisturizing properties. The long pepper is quite useful, and it has a fast and almost immediate effect after ingestion.

With regular use, the spice strengthens the Pitta dosha and reduces the degree of Vata and Kapha dosha because of its heat. That's the reason we shouldn't overdo it, based on our constitution.


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How does Indian long pepper work?

How can Indian Long Pepper work?

Indian long pepper comprises a compound called piperine. Piperine may have the ability to combat certain parasites that can infect people. Additionally, it appears to alter the lining of the intestines. This change makes it possible for some medications and other substances taken by mouth to be consumed by the body.

Nowadays, Ayurveda still utilizes pippali for treating various diseases. The plant and specifically its fruits are commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. Recent scientific study has confirmed benefits for the prevention and treatment of colds, cough, bronchitis, asthma, as well as gastrointestinal and circulatory systems.

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Pippali health benefits

Pippali leaves for ayurvedic therapies

Pippali is useful for the treatment of various bacterial infections, particularly if taken as an essential oil.

It can assist even in more complex conditions like sinusitis. It's believed it may cure an enlarged spleen, and that it protects us from cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Data shows that lots of cases of hemiplegia (paralysis of one half of the body) have been favorably affected by a treatment involving pippali. Additionally, it is applied to diabetes. An interesting fact is that pippali can help us eliminate series of hiccups - if combined with sugar, sweet lemon, and root.

Most commonly, the pepper is absorbed in the shape of a milky potion for treating respiratory diseases. It can be fried with some ghee for the treatment of cough, and after it's cooled down, the mix can be consumed at once after shaped in one piece. Something similar can be achieved with pippali powder and some honey.

The pippali pepper also has anti-inflammatory properties. It's also beneficial for muscle spasms, allergies, in addition to for parasites. It may relieve a stinging toothache. Add some salt and a couple of drops of water into some pippali powder, and smear the painful area with the mix.

Long pepper is an integral ingredient in several recipes from Ayurvedic medicine. It's typical for the so-called Sitopaladi Churna -- a healing powder of 2 components tabasheer, four pars pippali, two components cardamom, and 1 part cinnamon. The sitopaladi powder is quite helpful against bronchitis and other respiratory complications, as well as for the typical colds you may consume crushed pippali pepper. You can combine it with honey or hot water to ease its ingestion.

For gastrointestinal disorders like heartburn, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux, etc., and kidney and urinary problems like nephritis, uremia, kidney stones, and so forth, avipattikar churna helps a lot -- a powdered substance which contains long pepper.

The other elements of Ayurvedic medicine include turpeth (another plant widely utilized in Ayurveda due to its powerful healing properties), cloves, sugar, and other herbs. Avipattikar may also be consumed with milk, warm honey, or water and has a powerful antioxidant effect.

Fixing cold with Pippali: Pippali can also be used in preparing this churna known as trikatu, which means "three kinds of pepper" Its composition includes the near relative of pippali -- the black pepper in addition to ginger. This herbal mix can be called almost magical due to its wide array of actions and its high level of efficacy. It assists for flu and colds, reduces swellings within the body, and fixes digestive issues. Additionally, trikatu functions as an antioxidant and rejuvenates the Agni (the fiery) energy inside us. It is applied as an accompanying therapy to ease the absorption of other foods and drugs in the body.

It's also possible to utilize a more extreme variation of trikatu, which includes nutmeg, coriander, and ajwain or anise. These herbs, together with the three varieties of pepper, are taken in equal parts, and then they're grounded, and finally stored mixed in glass jars. 

Another assortment of trikatu includes less volume of pippali and more of bibhitaka plant (from Latin -- Terminalia Billerica, also known as Behera) -- this Ayurvedic medicine heals permanent respiratory problems like a chronic cough.

Additionally, the active ingredient of this pippali pepper -- the piperine, can counteract chemical damage of the liver as it has the capability to protect the liver and restrict its fibrosis, and to enhance its regeneration. Long-term consumption of dishes and supplements with a higher content of pippali is an excellent selection for a nutritional supplement once we would like to clean the accumulated toxins from our liver. A set of treatments with pippali, together with a decent yoga program, can be particularly beneficial for the treatment and stimulation of their regenerative abilities of the liver.

In its powdered state, the pippali pepper can also be widely used in Ayurvedic culinary recipes. It could be applied as a substitute for black pepper or honey in almost any dish.

It's not advised to people with dominant Pitta dosha since it might take this energy out of balance. Additionally, it shouldn't be consumed by pregnant women and during the maternity period, in addition to by babies and smaller children. It's also not advised for women that intend to have a baby soon. But it's widely used in Ayurveda as a safe and effective remedy that relieves colds of breastfeeding women, of course, in little amounts.

Additionally, it's thought that the pippali peppers also affects the reproductive system and sexual energy positively. The fruits of this plant act as an aphrodisiac and enhance the functions of the various organs.

Due to its antioxidant properties, the pippali pepper can also be used as a rejuvenating agent. Many cosmetic lines are created based on it, in addition to several food supplements and potions for longevity and the perfect look.

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Pippali preparation in food

Pippali is often added to the traditional pickles in India and also to most kinds of pickled vegetables. Its flavor goes well with the taste of the eggs and olives, and it improves digestion, that's why this pepper helps us to better absorb these thicker animal products.

Pippali may also be utilized for the preparation of soups and various meat dishes, as well as for flavoring teas, masala, syrups, juices, and even cakes, by way of instance, it's excellent for vegan sweets. It provides a mild spicy touch to the dishes and matches nicely with other typical herbs like coriander, ginger, and garlic. It's essential, however, to be careful not to underestimate the amount of pippali we use and to consider the health condition of our visitors to whom we supply the culinary temptations which contain pippali.

As a result of its healing properties, pippali is an excellent selection for the chilly days, but it shouldn't be consumed while the weather is warm or when symptoms of dehydration are present: such as extreme thirst, dryness in the mouth or burning sensation in the urinary tract.


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Precautions & side effects

Precautions & risks:

There is not enough research to ascertain if Indian honey is safe to be used as a medication. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: As not enough research exists,  pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid use.

Dosage considerations

The suitable dose of Indian long pepper is dependent upon several factors, such as the user's age, health, and several other ailments. At this time, there isn't enough scientific information to ascertain a suitable array of doses for Indian long pepper. Bear in mind that organic products aren't always necessarily secure, and dosages can be significant. Make sure to follow relevant instructions on product labels and ask your pharmacist or doctor or other health care professional before using it.

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References

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