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Black Pepper (Kalimirch) and Its Uses in Curing Common Ailments

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a stout climbing perennial with roots at the nodes. The leaves are heart shaped and the flowers spiky and very small. The fruits are globose and one-seeded and appear bright red when ripe with rounded seeds.

What we use - Fruits

What it does - It is anthelmintic, carminative, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, stimulant, digestive, diuretic and alterant.

Herbal Medicines for the Cure of General Disorders

  • In cough - Powdered pepper with honey, ghee and saunph is licked to relieve from all kinds of cough.

  • In hysteria - Black pepper with bach is taken to soothe nerves in cases of hysteria. In diarrhoea-l tsp of fine powder of pepper should be taken with water to arrest diarrhoeas of even very chronic nature.

  • Lack of appetite and cough - Black pepper powder is gently roasted in a pan, powdered and mixed in molten jaggery. This preparation is rolled into tiny pills and allowed to become firm on cooling and stored. Pill should be taken twice a day to stimulate appetite.

  • In indigestion - Pepper powder mixed in butter milk, is a good digestive.

  • In colds - To relieve from colds, pepper made into a "rasam" with tamarind is a popular remedy. To a tsp of hot ghee, 112 tsp of black pepper powder is added, to which dilute tamarind water is added and boiled for a few minutes. Some coriander leaves may be added in the end for added effect. The patient experiences the effect of fomentation while taking this "Rasam" and thereby nasal blockage is relieved.

  • In gums - Finely powdered pepper and salt is massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation.

  • In painful joints - Pepper, cumin and ginger boiled in mustard oil is an effective massage oil to apply on painful joints.

   

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