What Is Long Pepper?
Long pepper is part of the same botanical family that gives us green, white, and black peppers. Very popular during Roman times, it is now regaining popularity in the hearts of pepper fans after centuries of neglect. Grown on the island of Java, in Indonesia. This pepper is less acrid and a little sweeter. Than varieties grown in India or China, and is much fruitier as well. In Indonesian cooking, it’s often incorporated in traditional bumbus. Which are the aromatic curry pastes made from dry and fresh spices. A little like Thai curry pastes. Long pepper is great just like black pepper- in dishes with red meat or game, or in soups and stews. It can also be used to elevate many desserts.
Indian long pepper is used to improve appetite and digestion. As well as treat stomachache, heartburn, indigestion, intestinal gas, diarrhea, and cholera. It is also used for lung problems including asthma, bronchitis, and cough. Other uses include treatment of headache. Toothache, vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), coma, epilepsy, fever, stroke, trouble sleeping (insomnia), leprosy, extreme tiredness, enlarged spleen, muscle pain, nasal discharge, paralysis, psoriasis, intestinal worms, snakebites, tetanus, thirst, tuberculosis, and tumors.
Some women use Indian pepper during childbirth and during the 3-6 weeks following childbirth while the uterus returns to normal size. Women also use Indian pepper to stimulate menstrual flow; to cause abortions; and to treat menstrual cramps, infertility, and loss of interest in sexual activity.
The appropriate dose of Indian long pepper. Depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Indian long pepper. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.