Fructus Piperis longi

 

Source
The immatured spike infructescence of Piper longum L, family Piperaceae.

Characteristics
Spike infructescence cylindrical, formed by many sessile small berries growing on the spike-stalk, 1.5-3.0 cm long, 0.3-0.5 cm in diameter. Surface brown-dark, small berries obliquely and regularly arranged; base with stalks or scars. Particularly aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, heat in nature, and attributive to stomach and large intestine channels.

Indication
Warm the middle jiao, dispel cold and lower the adverse rising energy: For stomach-cold syndrome with vomiting, hiccup, epigastric and abdominal pain, diarrhea. Also used for epilepsy; external use for toothache due to dental caries.

Pharmacological Action
Its oily extract inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus dysenteriae.

Administration Decoction: 2-5g.
External use: Appropriate amount.


   

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