Pippali Powder or Piper Longum (Latin, linn) is an indigenous plant to North- eastern & southern india and Ceylon, cultivated in Eastern Bengal. Pippali is the term applied to the fruit of piper longum. Pippali is a powerful rejuvenating herb that strengthens and nourishes the body. It is useful in various ailments especially of respiratory tract, digestive system, genital system, skin, liver & spleen.
As per Ayurvedic textual reference, Pippali is hot, pungent in quality. From ancient time, Pippali Powder when taken with honey is found useful for removing extra phlegm, relieve cough & cold, sore throat & hiccups. Ayurveda also mentions utility of Pippali Powder with jaggery (twice in quantity) - useful in loss of appetite, indigestion, chronic fever, anaemic conditions. Various basic formulations are made using Pippali as important ingredient in Ayurveda, which are used in stomach problems like flatulency, colic, indigestion, fullness etc.
Scientific study shows presence of Piperlongumine & other useful alkaloids in Pippali which has various beneficial actions like stopping excessive cell growth, as an antioxidant, relieving from chronic cough & cold. Piper Longum Powder has also shown promising action in joint inflammations as pain reducer and anti-inflammation action.
Externally - oil containing Pippali and ginger is applied in sciatica pain and nervous weakness.
Useful to remove inflammation and extra mucous from respiratory tract
Acts as cholagogue & clears blockages of bile ducts, reduces splenomegaly
Useful as carminative, anti-helminthic & prevents bloatingness of stomach
Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of the powder up to twice daily.
Commonly used in daily food items as Chutney (paste with other spices).
Externally, paste prepared from Peppermint Powder with plain water & applied on forehead helps to relieve headache and nervousness.
Paste prepared from Peppermint Powder & rose water or cucurbit juice helps to remove acne/pimples when applied over facial skin.