Long Pepper / Pippali (Binomial Name : Piper longum )

January 3, 2015

Long Pepper (Pippali), binomial name Piper longum is also called Indian Long Pepper and it is of South Asian origin.  In South Asia it is vastly grown in South India, North Eastern region, East Bengal and Sri Lanka. It is a plant and the fruit of its plant is dried and it is used as a spice to add flavor to the food.  It has been used in cooking for several centuries and it has similar, but hotter taste compare to black pepper. It is also used in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine preparation to support digestive system, respiratory system, reproductive system, improve blood circulation etc. Long pepper combined with dried ginger and black pepper to form trikatu (Ayurveda medicine), which can be taken to help regulate cholesterol and help prevent obesity.


In Tamil language, it is called Tippali and traditionally, it is being used by women in South India to regulate menstrual flow, help the uterus return to the normal size following childbirth and to treat infertility. It has rich source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C & K, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper and Manganese. It has very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. It has alkaloid compound called piperine, which can intensely increase absorption of   vitamins and nutrients and also has good anticonvulsant property and is used to treat epilepsy.



Some of the many benefits of Long pepper (Pippali) include:


  • Anti-aging

  • Anti-bacterial

    • It helps to fight against infection

  • Anti-depressant

    • It also helps to increase endorphins in the brain which helped to reduce pain and improve mood thereby acting as a natural anti-depressant and increase brain functions.

    • Piperine in long pepper helps to improve concentration

  • Anti-diabetic

    • It prevents the degradation of insulin and increases the metabolism of glucose.

  • Anti-septic

    • Piperine  has anti-septic and analgesic properties  which helps to treat wounds and lessen pain

    • Piperine may be able to fight certain parasites that can cause infection

  • Anti-viral – Treats Viral Hepatitis, malaria

  • Anti-Oxidant

    • Piplartine in long pepper has anticancer properties

    • It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection 

    • It helps protect from lung, stomach and oral cavity cancers. 

    • Improves stamina and reduce tiredness

  • Improves blood circulation

    • Improved blood circulation keeps vital organs oxygenated and function more efficiently

    • It is used to treat heart disease, sciatica, impure blood, numbness and poor circulation. It is used as an insecticide and is prescribed for eradicating parasitic worms.

    • It is used to strengthen bones and relive conditions like back pain, arthritis, rheumatism, fractures, sprains and broken or brittle bones.

    • It possess liver-protective functions and it may help the body manage liver toxicity, and may also prevent jaundice

    • It boots the reproductive system (Infertility)

    • It is used to treat tuberculosis

    • Its oil and paste is applied on wounds and skin-related ailments.

  • Support Digestive System

    • It contain alkaloids compounds which simulates the enzymes of the pancreas that breakdown proteins, speeding up the digestive process

    • It helps in relieving poor digestion and its associated problems (gas, irritation and/or diarrhoea or constipation etc.)

    • It is carminative which forces gas out of the body in a healthy downward motion rather than pressing upwards which is dangerous to chest cavity.

    • It also inhibits more gas from forming in the body

    • It is used to treat intestinal worms

  • Supports Nerves and Muscles

    • It helps in proper functioning of nerve and muscle cells – Strengthens the nervous system

    • It helps to treat paralysis of the tongue

  • Reduce body weight – Diminishes obesity

    • It reduces the body weight by digesting the stationary toxins in fat tissue and preventing from building up (destroys toxins)

  • Supports Respiratory System

    • Due to its expectorant and strong anti-inflammatory properties it is used to treat respiratory conditions

    • Purifies lungs to promote fuller breathing (improves flow of oxygen) and

    • Increased circulation infuses the lung tissue with extra energy to reduce cough and cold, fevers, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, and pneumonia.


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.

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