Pippali


Pippali

Pippali (Piper longum Linn.) long pepper is one of the prime Rasayana (rejuvenator) drugs in Ayurveda and is widely used to treat various diseases especially for the treatment of respiratory disorders.The root of this plant is known as Pippali Mula in Ayurveda and its fruits (Spike) are mainly used for Rasayana purposes. 

Herb - Pippali

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)Madhura, Tikta, Katu
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Madhura
Guna (Quality)Light , unctuous
Doshic EffectBalances K - V

Health Benefits

Pippali in digestive health

Pippali is useful in managing indigestion due to its stomachic and digestive property. Pippali helps to manage stomach ache due to gas or flatulence. Taking Pippali powder helps to correct digestive fire because of its Anuushna (mild hot) potency. This prevents gas formation and thus stomach ache.

Pippali is also useful in managing diarrhea due to its antidiarrheal property. It also improves the digestive fire because of its Deepan (appetizer) property which helps to control unusual motion frequency.

Pippali in respiratory health

Pippali is an effective herb in managing cough and cold. Pippali controls cough, releases mucus, clears air passages, thus allowing the patient to breathe freely.

Pippali contains certain compounds that have anti-asthmatic properties. It may be beneficial in managing bronchial asthma in children.

Pippali in dysmenorrhea (painful periods/menstrual cramps)

Pippali helps to manage menstrual disorders like dysmenorrhea. It controls aggravated Vata and reduces abdominal pain and cramps during the menstrual cycle.

Pippali in Diabetes.

Pippali helps in regulating the amount of sugar in the blood, making the condition far more manageable and harmless. The production of insulin from the β-pancreatic cells becomes active in taking Pippali churna. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose which in turn leads to low blood glucose levels.

Pippali for liver diseases

Piperine, an active alkaloidal constituent, has been shown to exert a significant protection against liver toxicity by decreasing the reduction of GSH, a powerful antioxidant.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

  • Pippali powder -  0.5-1mg
  •  It is not advisable to consume Pippali for a long time period. If taken in excess, it can cause indigestion, stomach pain, allergic conditions like itching, redness, and swelling.

References:

  1. Sharma, PV: Dravyaguna Vijnana, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy, Varanasi, 1969; 2-3, 928.

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