The long pepper, a plant native to India, is found in southern India and southeast Asia. It is commonly found in Indian stores and used as a spice or seasoning in stews and other dishes. It dates back thousands of years in the Indian subcontinent tied to Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems.
Recently I read an article in the newspaper on how the tradition Indian spices that have been used since centuries as a measure against life threatening diseases are being overlooked today. A recent study suggests that in 21st century human population has grown more and more dependent on antibiotics. These antibiotics used to provide large benefits against a number of diseases but there over use has led to resistance development among a large population.
Antibiotic resistance is a bacteria’s ability to withstand high doses of antibiotics and pass that ability to later generations. These antibiotics sometimes also cause drug interactions that make a medication ineffective, cause side effects or cause damage to a patient biological system. And sadly this resistance has developed due to misuse and overdose of these lifesaving antibiotics.
Studies shows that each year in US alone more than 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics (aka superbug). 23,000 of them will die as a result and new alternatives are slow in coming. But what really troubles many experts is the fact that too many individuals –patients and doctors alike aren’t taking the message seriously.
This article does not discourage anyone to use the antibiotics when prescribed but to acknowledge the fact that certain herbs and spices can have more significant effect on your health when all modern treatments have failed or are less effective.
One such spice is Indian Pippali or Long pepper. Long pepper (Piper longum) was first referenced in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, where medicinal and dietary uses were described. Long pepper, commonly found in Indian markets, is used as a spice in some Indian, North African, Indonesian and Malaysian foods. In Indian Ayurveda Indian Pippali is considered as a gift from nature for the treatment of a life threatening disease such as cancer.
Researchers uncover mechanism for cancer-killing properties of pepper plant – UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the long pepper, whose suspected medicinal properties date back thousands of years. The secret lies in a chemical called Piperlongumine (PL), which has shown activity against many cancers including prostate, breast, lung, colon, lymphoma, leukaemia, primary brain tumors, and gastric cancer. Using x-ray crystallography, researchers were able to create molecular structures that show how the chemical is transformed after being ingested. PL converts to hPL, an active drug that silences a gene called GSTP1. The GSTP1 gene produces a detoxification enzyme that is often overly abundant in tumors.http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/news-releases/year-2017/jan/anticancer-plant-westover.html
Pippali or Long pepper contains a special chemical ingredient called Piparlongumine. This chemical stops the production of enzyme found in tumor. Pippali also helps in case of severe cough treatment. Long pepper is a plant that falls among the creepers and bears a flower. It is mainly cultivated for its fruits. These fruits are used as spices and taste bitter and are of “Garam Tasir”( warming nature as in Yin/Yang).
Long pepper which is common among Indian spices can be helpful in the treatment of cancer. Studies and researches have proven that it can be used to effectively control this life threatening condition of the body and can be used to create effective drugs for is treatment.
Long pepper for Asthma, anemia
Long pepper powder one part and jaggery two part is mixed and administered to relieve cough, asthma, anaemia, cardiac disorders, anaemia and intestinal worm infestation.
Pippali for tuberculosis
Long pepper is very useful to improve lung strength, because it is rejuvenative and anti ageing, and because it improves appetite, it helps to avoid weight loss associated with tuberculosis and its treatment. It also helps to prevent liver damage that sometimes results from the medicines used in tuberculosis management.
How to consume
Powder 0.5-1 gram in a single or multiple doses per day, usually administered after food. Usually along with milk. It should be taken into consideration that since Pippali is of warmer nature, It should be consumed in small doses.
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