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8.3.13 PIPLLI, Long Pepper (Piper longum, linn.)


Taste: Pungent
Attribute: Oily, light
Potency: Very hot
Long-Term: Sweet
General Action: Digestive stimulant, aphrodisiac, rejuvenating, purgative
Specific Action: Rejuvenating
Therapeutic Action: Lower kapha and vata, increases pitta

Pippli is highly regarded in Ayurveda because of its long term tonic effect on the body. While it is an excellent digestive stimulant, it is remarkable in that it has a sweet long term action. As defined by the six tastes, sweet taste has a nutritive, building action. This makes it an ideal digestive stimulant for kapha and vata persons because vata can easily get depleted from digestive stimulants and kapha normally is increased by rejuvenating herbs, resulting in unwanted weight. Pippli is seldom taken alone, but is included in many Ayurvedic formulas as a stimulant and rejuvenator. The most famous formula with pippli os Trikutu, which combines pippli, black pepper, and ginger for a balanced digestive aid. Pippli is an excellent daily supplement for kapha persons.

Dose: 450 mgs to 1 gram with every meal





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