Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Piper longum

Botanical name : Piper longum Linn.
Family : Piperaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Pippali, Magadhi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Long pepper
Hindi : Pipli, Pipal
Malayalam : Thippali

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A slender aromatic climber rooting at the nodes, the branches are erect, swollen at the nodes. Leaves are alternate, ovate-oblong, entire, smooth, thin with reticulate venation; veins raised beneath. Flowers in solitary spikes, fruits are berries, small red when ripe. The mature spikes when dried is called pippali

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, lumbar pain, arthritis, dyspepsia, asthma, bronchitis, fever, etc. it has aphrodisiac property.
Useful part : Dried spikes, Root.

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