Long pepper (Piper longum), sometimes called Indian long pepper, is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae. Long pepper is a slender aromatic climber, with a large perennial woody root and jointed stems thickening at the nodes. Long pepper is popular in parts of Africa, mostly in the Islamic regions of North and East Africa.
The fruit of the plant is used to make medicine. Indian long pepper is sometimes used in combination with other herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Indian Long Pepper has been revered for its therapeutic benefits. The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like the common cough, bronchitis and asthma. The infusion of the herb’s root is used after childbirth, to induce the expulsion of the placenta.
In addition to being something that helps people’s stress and sleep conditions, Piper Longum reconciles the digestive functions and relieves the problems related to, dyspepsia, anorexia, abdominal pain, flatulence and acidity. It is also useful as a brain tonic. Due to our dependency on processed foods, our internal organs, including the liver, tend to become weak, and more and more people are now suffering from liver ailments. Long pepper, known to possess liver-protective functions, may help the body manage liver toxicity, and may also prevent jaundice.
The world is getting obsessed about weight loss today, and many people are foolishly turning to picking up “healthy” foods from supermarket shelves. Long pepper, on the other hand, is a wonderful herb that is believed to promote weight loss and have minimal or no side effects on the body. It is known to reduce body fat and discard the stagnant fatty toxins from the body, thereby preventing obesity. It is also an important ingredient in balms that are used to soothe muscular problems. One of the other major health benefits of long pepper is that it helps in increasing the appetite. It also helps in driving out gas from intestines.
While long pepper is a natural herb, and doesn’t carry potential health risks as observed in other medications and drugs, overuse of this herb may be harmful to health.