Sanskrit: Maricha (meaning: sun due to its large amounts of solar energy)
English : Black Pepper
Latin: Piper nigrum Linn.
Part Used: Dried unripe fruit
Habitat: Peren- nial climbing shrub is found throughout India Energetics: Pun-
gent-hot-pungent VK- P+
Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, marrow, nerve Systems: Digestive, circulatory, respiratory Action: Stimulant, expectorant, carminative, anti- pyretic, anthelmintic, antiperiodic; externally — rubefacient, stimulant, resolvent
Uses: Asthma, chronic indigestion, colon toxins, obesity, sinus congestion, fever, intermittent fever,
cold extremities, colic, cooking spice, cholera, gastric ailments, gas, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, worms, sore throat; externally—applied as a paste to boils, skin diseases.
Preparation: Infusion, powder, milk decoction, medicated ghee
Precaution: Digestive inflammations, high Pitta