Primarily used for cold, wet and ‘mucousy’ conditions of the lungs. It is a rejuvenative for the lungs and avalambaka kapha. It encourages vasodilation and therefore increases circulation, specifically to the lungs. Used with honey in asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and compromised immunity in the respiratory system to reduce kapha. It is also used to treat mild fever by removing the amafrom rasa dh atu and alleviating the con-current aches in the muscles and joints.
Pippali for Digestion
Used to stimulate agni and clear weak digestion with symptoms of nausea, slow digestion, flatulence with a cold and painful abdomen. In malabsorption it can increase assimilation of nutrients. Clinical studies show that that piperine increases the absorption of curcumin in turmeric root (used at 1:10). Its anthelmintic qualities are used as part of a formula to kill worms, amoebas and parasites. It helps to treat diarrhoea from cold symptoms and constipation (vibandha ) from stagnant ap ana vayu. Also used in diabetes as it reduces any excess of and rejuvenates the muscle tissues.
Pippali for Reproduction
Its sweet post-digestive effect points to its ability to tonify the semen and reproductive tissue, which is useful in infertility, impotence and premature ejaculation. It is one of the only heating and penetrating substances to do this as heating substances usually consume semen.
Pippali for Circulation
Its pungency and sweetness invigorate blood and nourishes it. By enhancing the digestive fire in the tissues it is a rasayana to rasa and rakta dhatu as it helps to assimiliate more nutrients for building the plasma and the blood. It can also help to penetrate the cold pain of sciatica.
Pippali for Liver
It has a hepatoprotective effect that may benefit fibrosis.
Pippali for Nerves
Its ability to nourish brain tissues, due to its sweet vipaka, helps in vata disorders and also to nourish the brain.