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Long Pepper

English Name :- Long Pepper

Botanical Name :- Piper longum Linn

Family :- PIPERACEAE

Parts - Used:- Roots, Dried unripe fruits (Dried Catkin)

Habit :- A slender under shrub, creeping and rooting below, branches rambling, root is erect and thick, leaves aredelicate orbicular; heart shaped.

Taste :- Sweet-Acrid

Chemical Constituents :- Root Contains- Alkaloids (Piper longumine, piper longuminine) Piperine, Essential oil which Contains n-decanes, alpha-Thujene, Terpenalene; Zingiberene, Sesquiterpenes, Piplastine, Triocontane, Dehydro-stigmasterol, Reducing sugars, Glycosides; Seeds Contain: Sylvatin, Sesamine.

USAGES

Cough, Chronic bronchitis, Cold, Antidote to Snakebite, CNS Stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-malarial, Antibacterial, Dyspepsia, Throat disorder, Lumbago, Spleeno-megaly.

  • The herb serves as a good digestive agent.
  • Its oil and paste is applied on wounds and skin-related ailments.
  • It helps in expelling out the mucus accumulated in the respiratory tract.
  • It is used as an aphrodisiac, since it boosts the reproductive system.
  • It strengthens the nervous system, improves the gastro intestinal condition and normalizes the peristaltic movements.
  • It helps in suppressing pain and reducing inflammation.
  • It is used as a sedative in insomnia and epilepsy.
  • The inflammation of the herb’s root is used childbirth, to induce the expulsion of the placenta.
  • The herb is mixed with honey to control hiccups.
  • It is given with amalaki to treat anemia.
  • The decotction of the plant is used in sciatica and hemipigia.
  • Its fruits are used for respiratory tract disease like cough, bronchitis and asthma.
  • It benefits in anorexia, indigestion, flatulence, abdominal pain, hyper acidity, piles, paralysis of the tongue, diarrhea, cholera, chronic malaria, viral hepatitis, diseases of the spleen and tumors.
  • The herb helps maintain the normalcy of the digestive tract and tones up the urinary tract.
A word of caution
Disclaimer

Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs provided on the site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. Every attempt has been made for accuracy but none is guaranteed. Many traditional uses and properties of this herb have not been validated by the FDA. If you have any serious health concern you should consult with your health care practitioner before self administering this herb.