Latin name: Piper longum Linn.(Piperaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Pippali, Magadhi, Kana, Ushana, Pipal, Pipar
Indian Long Pepper has been revered for its therapeutic benefits. As an effective carminative, the herb is one of the three major ingredients in an Ayurvedic digestive known as ‘Trikatu’. It is useful in treating respiratory diseases, hypertension, hiccups and topical inflammation.
Therapeutic constituents:Piperine is the major alkaloid found in Indian Long Pepper. Piperine is antipyretic, hypotensive and a central nervous system stimulant.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- As an antihypertensive and sedative, Indian Long Pepper is beneficial in treating insomnia.
- The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like the common cough, bronchitis and asthma.
- It is also a potent digestive, which helps in treating gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.