Long pepper, also known as Java pepper, Bengal pepper, pippali, and Indonesian long pepper is a native of the Asian sub-continent. This is a very valued condiment and also medicinal herb, right from the time of Hippocrates.
It is well known and highly valued medicinal herb used for thousands of years in alternative health systems, in India, China, Africa and Europe. It is especially known for its emmenagogue, diaphoretic, cholagogue, carminative, astringent, and antibacterial properties.
It is primarily used for treating respiratory conditions, such as breathlessness, asthma, bronchitis, and cough, cold and fever. It is also effective in treating rheumatism, regulating cholesterol and preventing obesity. Long pepper improves digestion, increases metabolism and is good for constipation. It is also recommended for nausea and flatulence.
It has also been applied in the treatment of scarlatine, cholera, diarrhoea, vertigo, arthritis and paralytic disorders. When the stomach does not respond to quinine, pepper is added to enhance its effectiveness.
It can help cure tuberculosis, piles as well as spleen and liver enlargement. Long pepper, also cures anemia and can help increase lactation. It helps relaxing and dilating coronary arteries and improves circulation.
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