A close cousin to black pepper, Long Pepper, or “Piper longum,” is less known, but highly valued in Ayurvedic medicine. First mentioned in Sanskrit texts dated between 1,000 and 500 BC, it is one of three ingredients in the Ayurvedic formula trikatu — along with ginger and black pepper. Long Pepper’s Sanskrit name, “Pippali,” means “to drink and digest.”
Traded alongside black pepper, Trikatu was a valued commodity in the spice trade between India and Europe. It continues to be used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Long Pepper Body and Mind Benefits
In classical Ayurveda, Long Pepper is prized for its ability to promote “agni,” or digestive fire, without irritating those with sensitive Vata systems. This distinguishes Long Pepper from black pepper, which is known to irritate the Vata dosha. It is considered “tridoshic,” meaning that it brings benefits to all three dosha types; Vata, Pitta, and Kappha.
Long Pepper has been used for a number of conditions, including as an antidote to scorpion and snake bite, but is valued for digestive support and anti-bacterial properties — research shows that it is effective in treating giardia in animals.
Where is Long Pepper grown?
ORGANIC INDIA Long Pepper is sourced from organic-certified forest regions in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Long Pepper for Healthy Conscious Living
ORGANIC INDIA’s Long Pepper is organically grown according to ancient Ayurvedic regenerative cultivation practices to ensure the highest possible efficacy, or “prana.” All ORGANIC INDIA herbs are processed and tested in compliance with FDA and World Health Organization safety protocols.
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