Long Pepper, Piper Longum, Stress, Sleep, benefits

Benefits, Piper Longum, Long Pepper, Sleep, Stress

By Veena Deo


Pippali is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic herb. The botanical name is Piper longum and it belongs to the family Piperaceae. In english it is called Longa Pepper, in Hindi Pippali. It is primarily made up of volatile oil, resin, piperine, piperlongumine, pipperin, Pippalartin, Piplartine.

The fruit of this Long Pepper plant is commonly known as Pippali and its root is called as Pippali Mool. In addition to being something that helps people in stress and sleep conditions, Piper Longum reconciles the digestive functions and relieves the problems related to, dyspepsia, anorexia, abdominal pain, flatulence, acidity etc. It is also useful as a brain tonic. Combination herbal supplements that have Long Pepper work wonders.

Piperine is a substance found in the plant Piper Longun. Black pepper Oleoresin or Long pepper Oleoresin is used as the source of Piperine.

Researchers proved that piperine may be serve as a potential functional food to improve brain function. Ref. Food and Chemical Toxicology, volume 46, Issue 9, Sept. 2008. Pages 3106-3110

Researchers proved that piperine possesses potent anti-depressant like properties that are mediated in part through the inhibition of MAO activity and therefore, represent a promising pharmacotherapeutic candidate as anti-depressant agent. Ref. Chemical and pharmaceutical Bulletin vol 53 (2005), No7832

Seon A lee, Seong Su Hong, Xiang Hua Han, Ji Sang, H Wang, Gabjinoh, Kyong, Soon Lee, Myung Koolee, Bang Yeon Hwang and Jai Seup Ro.

  1. College of Pharmacy Chungbuk University Korea.
  2. Samjin Pharmacy Co. Ltd.
  3. Research Centre for Bioresaource and Health, Chungbuk National University Korea.

Piper longum is widely used in Ayurvedic and Unani System of Medicine particularly for diseases of respiratory systems like bronchitis, ashtama, stress relief, sleep disruptions etc.

Piperine increases thermogenesis. It also improves the bioavailability of the nutritive substances such as beta carotene, curcumin selenium, pyroxidine (B6), glucose and amino acids.

Piperine relieves inflammation, pain and asthma improves digestion and improves production of Serotonin a phenolic amine neurotransmitter,  is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found esp. in the brain, blood serum and gastric mucous membrane of mammals and to known as also 5-HT. 5 – hydroxytryamine.

Product that have Long pepper along with Nutmeg and Ashwagandha are known to help relieve stress and help people with sleep problems. A boon to insomniacs. As a combination these products provide a synergistic effect.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advise. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult please send an email to


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