Materia Medica: Long and Black Pepper

Piper longum

Piper longum tib

 

Pipiling/ pi pi ling (tib.)

 

Long Pepper (engl.)

Piper longum 1One of the ‘Three Hot Substances’ (tsha ba gsum), along with black pepper and dried ginger, pipiling is a warm and hot natured substance, used to treat cold natured (grang ba) disorders.

It is a common primary or supporting ingredient in many formulas, such as Piling 3 (pi ling gsum pa).

 

Taste & Potency: Warm, spicy and sweet

Plant part: Fruit

Preparation: Dry in a warm location

Form: powder, or crushed

Usage: intake with soup, tea, food

Dosage: 2/4 gm, per day, if used singly

Duration: 7/21 days

Piper longum 2
Long Pepper Fruits

Function:

  • R (rlung) disorders combined with B
    (bad kan)
  • Asthma
  • Increases digestive heat (me drod)
  • Lungs disorders
  • Improves blood circulation

Caution:

People with K i.e. tripa or bile in english (tib. mkhris pa) should use less.

 


 

Piper nigrum

Black Pepper tib

 

Phowari or nalesham/ pho ba ri na le sham (tib.)

Black Pepper (engl.)

 

Black Pepper 1

One of the ‘Three Hot Substances’ (tsha ba gsum), along with long pepper and dried ginger, black pepper is a warm and spicy natured medicine used for curing cold natured (grang ba) disorders.

It is a common primary ingredient in many formulas, such as Pori 4 (pho ris bzhi pa), and very often used as a secondary ingredient in many TTM herbal formulas.

Taste & Potency: Warm, Spicy

Plant part: Fruit

Preparation: Dry in a warm location

Form: Powder, crushed, oil

Usage: Intake with tea, soup, food, alcohol, oil – both internally and externally

Dosage: 2/3g per day

Duration: 7/ 30days

Black Pepper 2
Black Pepper Fruits

Function:

  • Cold disorders, purges, warms up
  • B and cold imbalances, stops coughing
  • Dysfunction of liver
  • Tonifies stomach
  • Increases body heat

 Caution:

People with K i.e. tripa or bile in english (tib. mkhris pa) should use less.


B … Bad kan

K … mKhris pa

R … rLung


Article adapted from:

The Sorig Materia Medica
Part 1: Root Tantra Substances
Written by Dr Nida Chenagtsang
First Edition 2010 by Dr Tam Nguyen
Updated Jan 2011 by
Eréne Lejeune and Eric Rosenbush

&

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langer_Pfeffer

by Docku – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7089281