Long pepper, sometimes proudly called as Indian Long Pepper, is a flowering, fruit-bearing plant that is used for its medicinal properties. Long Pepper is commonly known as Arisi Thippili or Thippili in Tamil, Pippali in Hindi and has the scientific name, Piper longum. 
Thippili or Pippali has several health benefits, used to cure diseases and increases immunity. Pippali means “drink and digest” and is used as a spice in Indian cooking. It is known for its various capabilities like curing cough, cold, digestion problems, removing toxins, digestive issues and many more. 
LONG PEPPER/ PIPPALI : for cold and cough: 
Indian Long pepper has rejuvenating property and removes cold from the respiratory tract. Taking a quarter spoon of Thippili Powder or Pippali powder mixed with honey for 3 consecutive days shows immediate results. It can also be used in cooking and Thippili rasam is a south Indian dish famous for curing cold and cough.

LONG PEPPER/ PIPPALI for Weight Loss and Obesity:

Indian Long pepper is an effective herb for treating obesity and for weight loss. It has the property to remove the fat and toxins from the body thus promoting weight loss. Obesity brings with it other ailments like heart and liver problems. While Indian Long pepper helps, it is also essential that you exercise and eat healthily.

LONG PEPPER/ PIPPALI for Lung problems:

Thippili  or Pippaloi cures lung problems. The herb is known for its property to reduce inflammation. It is, therefore, helpful in treating lung problems. It reduces inflammation, prevents damage to the liver and rejuvenates the dead scared and dying cells. It helps cure bronchitis and asthma.


Thippili or Pippali improves digestion. Long pepper improves the appetite and boosts the digestive system. It helps cure indigestion and gastrointestinal problems. The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of the herb helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.


Thippili or Pippali with its antioxidant properties helps in relieving stress. It, therefore, cures sleep problems and insomnia. It is advised to take 1 gram of the Long pepper powder mix with milk before going to bed.


Thippili helps to treat fever. The antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic properties in Thippili or Pippali helps treat fever. It removes the toxins and bacteria from the body. Make a decoction out of the Pippali powder and take it twice a day.


Pippali or Thippili helps to get relief from arthritis. A study has established that people suffering from arthritis experienced relief from pain and swelling along with reduced stiffness when they took Thippili. The ant inflammation property in Pippali provides relief from arthritis.


Thippili or Pippali helps regulate the blood sugar level and hence it good for diabetes people. It boosts the production of insulin and is therefore proves to be helpful for people with diabetes. Regular consumption of Pippali or Thippili is advised for diabetics.

 for Toothache:

Thippili helps to get relief from toothache. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic property of Indian Long pepper helps relive toothaches. A paste of thippali, also called pippali paste, salt and water is to be rubbed on the gums provides immediate relief from pain.