Pippali – Health benefits of Pippali (Rasayana / powder/ churna)

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Pippali (Piper longum Linn.)is an herb that belongs in a family of Piperaceae, it is an aromatic, thin and crawling flowering plant. Piper longum is generally known as long pepper or the Indian long pepper (pipli). It is popularly used as a flavoring and additive agent in preparation of diverse foods and herbal preparations.

It is indigenous to indo- Malaya region and is mostly cultivated in India, Indonesia, Timor, Nepal, Sri-lanka, Philippines and the region of Malaysia. In India, it is mainly cultivated in central Himalayas to Assam, Khasi and Mikir hills and the lower hills of west Bengal along with evergreen forests of Western Ghats from Konkan to Kerala and ending towards the Nicobar Islands.

In different diseased conditions, Piper longum has been used as a healing agent. The root and fruit of Piper longum herb are used as analgesic, bronchitis, anti-asthma and anti-irritant. Besides root and stem the whole plants are used for healing variety of illnesses conventionally.

Pippali Plant Description

Piper longum or so-called pippali is a lasting long, thin climber with arboreous roots, crawling and jointed stem with fleshy fruits embedded in the spikes. Pippali branchlets are erected, swelled nodes with glaborous. 

The leaves lay out is an alternate, egg-shaped, apex acute to acuminate with entire margins. The formations of both male and female plants are similar in the structure of spikes. The Male Piper longum spikes are greenish- yellow, cylindrical fleshy with small flowers as the female spikes are erected and yellow. 

The male spikes are a loner and thin when compared with female's spikes. Both plants have a fruit spike that is oblong, cylindrical berry red, when ripe or black they are spherical with aromatic odour with pungent taste.

Pippali Plant Uses

• Digestive
• Aphrodiasic
• Haematinic
• Diuretic
• Digesrive
• Ageneral Tonic
• Inflammation
• Liver Lumbago
• Snake Bite
• Pain In The Joints
• Scorpion – Sting
• Night Blindness
• Bibousness

Other Indian Names Of Pippali Herb

• Sanskrit- Pippali, Magadhi, Kana, Usana
• English- Indian long pepper, Long pepper
• Hindi- Pipal, Pipli
• Gujarati- Lindipipal, Pipli
• Marathi- Pimpli
• Bengali- Pipul, Pipli
• Sindhi- Tippali
• Malyalam- Pimpli,Tippali,Magadhi,Lada,Mulagu
• Punjabi- Maghs- pipal, Pipal, Filfildaras, Drafilfil
• Telagu- Pippallu, pipili, Pippali katte
• Tamil- Pippili, Tippili, Kundan, tippili, Sirumulam, Pippallu
• Kannada- Tipili, Hipli, yippali
• Oriya- Baihehi, Krykola, Mogodha, Pippoli
• Urdu- Pipul

Other Unusual Names Of Pippali Herb

• Argadi
• Atti
• Cattutirpali
• Cuttaterpati
• Capala
• Catikasira
• Chanchala
• Chupula
• Dantakapha
• Eranda
• Gonamika
• Granthika
• Granthikam
• Ka
• Kalidi
• Kalini
• Kaman
• Kanna
• Kattuttippilikkodi
• Kindigam
• Kirandigam
• Kolagam
• Kagophale
• Kana
• Kanamula
• Kati
• Katubija
• Katugranthikam
• Kola
• Kolamula
• Kolya
• Korangi
• Krikala
• Krishna
• Kattutipali
• Kattutippali
• Kattu-t-tippili
• Krishnapippali
• Krsna
• Krsnatandula
• Kuna
• Magadha
• Magadhaja
• Magadhi,
• Magadhika
• Magadhodbhava
• Magadhajam
• Magadham
• Maghadi
• Magudhi
• Mula
• Na
• Osanam
• Pipal mol
• Pipal kalah
• Pipla mul
• Pipla-mul
• Pipal kalan
• Piplamul
• Pippali
• Pimpli
• Pipal
• Pipar
• Piplamul
• Pipli
• Pipli-mool
• Pipulmul,
• Pipal mal
• Pippala mul
• Pippali mula
• Pippalika
• Pippalimulam
• Pippalu
• Piplee
• Pimpalee
• Pippuli
• Rudhakam
• Ruthakam
• Sadgraathi
• Sadgranthi
• Sarvagranthikam
• Saundi
• Shaundi
• Shoundi
• Shyama
• Sukshmatandula
• Sumulakam
• Syama
• Tandula
• Tiksnatandula
• Tippali
• Tippli
• Thippili
• Tiktatandula
• Trikana
• Upakulya
• Upkulya
• Upukulya
• Usana
• Ushuna
• Vaidehi
• Vaidehikana
• Videhi

What is Rasayana?

Rasayana is a unique therapy that contains different structures of rejuvenation. The word Rasayana derives from two words (Rasa +Ayana). Word Rasa literal meaning an essence of something and the Ayana indicates the method by which Rasa is carried to all the body tissues for biochemical metamorphosis (Rasakriya). 

In other words, it explains that anything consumed within the body into the form of food or medication is first resynthesized into (Rasa Dhatu) the primary plasma tissue.

The theory of Rasayana is derived on these two principles of conservation and transmutation of energy. The main objective of Rasayana therapy is to govern to improve physical, mental and ethical characters. 

Besides this, it helps to prevent old age, revitalizes youthfulness, enhances the skin condition and the voice it also increases immunity and bodily strength. It increases memory, intellect and gives happiness.

Pippali Rasayana

There are many ayurvedic rasayans (vitalizers) describe in Ayurveda among them Pippali Rasayana is one of the most favored remedies. Traditionally, it includes Pippali and Butea monosperma (palash). The main Ingredients Pippali is also referred as Piper longum and as Indian long pepper, sometimes as Javanese. 

Pippali is primarily cultivated for its fruit and is dried under shadow and used as a spice up and flavouring,  it tastes similar to black pepper. Pippali is helpful for cold and cough-related illnesses; it is often combined with black pepper and ginger to form the famous Trikatu (Three Spices).

Pippali Rasayana Dosage

The Pippali dose or other doses in Ayurveda mostly depend upon age strength and the disease conditions within the person. However, one can start to take five, seven, eight or ten long pepper day simultaneous with honey and ghee for a period of one year. 

The person who wishes to get rid of consumption, cough, hiccup, dyspnea, piles, throat infections, anemia, irregular fever, assimilation disorders should take a course of long pepper soaked with the alkali prepared of Bengal kino and fried in ghee. It should be taken simultaneity with honey, three in the morning three before the mid-day meal and three after.

Start with consuming with one number, increase up to ten on each next day to ten days and consume with milk. The dose should be decrease in the same manner (reducing by ten each day to one). The diet such as boiled sastika rice should be consumed with milk and ghee when medication is taken.

How to prepare Pippali rasayana?


• Honey
• Pippali Churna
• Pure Ghee Clarified Butter

Take 100gms of Pippali powder, add 80gms of honey into it then mix both ingredients with 100gms of ghee.

Note: The dose should be taken based on doctor’s advice. Special care should be taken while administering this medicine to children. This is usually administered over a period of 2 – 4 weeks time. The dose depends on digestion capacity.

Pippali Health Benefits and Medicinal Use

The fruit Pippali contains lots of medicinal properties sucn as volatile oil, resin and alkaloid. Pippali roots also hold in piperine, alkaloid and piplartin. Pippali has been mostly used in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha system of cure. Below are some of the uses of pipplai spice.

• It enhances memory power and used as the brain tonic.

 It is used in treating the enlarged spleen.

 It is useful for persons suffering in epilepsy, leprosy and coma.

 It revitalizes lungs and safeguards the respiratory and digestive system.

 It is beneficial for arthritis and also fights against bacteria and parasites.

 It is helpful in diarrhea, indigestion, gastric problem and stomach pain.

• It is useful for the cure of nasal running and Psoriasis.

• It is beneficial to women to use this succeeding child birth to line up the uterus.

• It is also used to cure beriberi caused due to deficiency of B1.

• It is effective as a very powerful stimulant for menstrual flow and cramp.

Pippali For Weight Loss

Pippali has many health benefits and one of it is for weight loss, like all other peppers it also helps in burning fatty acids. Pippali or so-called piper longum is a warm in nature due to these properties it can help to remove toxic build-up from cell walls, blood vessels and tissues to reduce extra body weight. Pippali also reduces excess body weight by digesting stagnant toxins in fat tissue and avoided them to from building up. 
How To Uses Pippali For Weight Loss

Take two grams of Pippali churna add honey in it and take thrice daily to reduce weight. To get a result fast do not drink anything except water about one hour after taking this medicine.

Pippali Churna (Powder )Uses and Benefits

1. Digestion

Take one to six gram of Pippali Powder; mix with 200 to 300 ml of buttermilk and consume.

2. Singer’s voice

Take 1gram pippali powder, take small quantity of ghee and mix it with1 tsp of honey, consume this mixture twice a day.

3. Lungs

Take 2 gram of pippali powder and 2 gm of honey mix it and consume it thrice a day.

4. Respiratory

Take 2 tsp pippali powder boil in 4 parts of milk and one part of water for few minutes and then drink. Repeat this dose for  10 days.

5. Hemoglobin

Take pippali powder and Amalaki Powder in to equal quantity mix it and consume this mixture twice a day with honey in dose half tsp.

Pippali Side Effects

Since it is so popularly used in cuisine and folk medicine, it is in general assumed to be safe in moderate doses. Though as the fruits, it is proclaimed to have preventative action in experimental models, its usage during pregnancy and lactation must be avoided. 

The Piperine may impede with enzymatic drug biotransformations, resulting in the repression of hepatic aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase (AHH) and UDP - glucuronyl transferase, and change the pharmacokinetic parameters of barbiturates and phenytoin.[1]

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