|Medicinal Uses of Black Pepper|
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is native to southwest India; major producers of black pepper essential oil are India, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Madagascar. In ancient times, pepper was one of the most valuable spices; it has been used in the Far East for over 4,000 years and in Europe since at least the fifth century. In the East, both white and black pepper have been used; in Chinese medicine, white pepper is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, stomach ache, malaria, cholera, dysentery and digestive problems.
It is one of the most common spices added to food. It has been used as a spice in food since prehistoric times. Black pepper was beleved to treat and cure constipation, diarrhoea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver and lung disease, sunburn, and toothaches. It is not used by patients having abdominal surgery. The world’s largest exporter of black pepper is Vietnam. Other producers are Indonesia, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, and China.
Black pepper is most often used as a spice and seasoning. Black pepper is widely used in most parts of the world. It has many medicinal benefits. The pepper plant is a woody vine that produces the fruit called the peppercorn from which black pepper is made.
Black pepper has stimulant, expectoratn, carminative, anthelmintic, etc. properties; and it is used for indigestion, toxins, slow metabolism, obesity, sinusitis, fever, colds, etc.Don't use for inflammations.