Pippali Rasayana – Benefits, How To Use, Dosage, Reference

Pippali Rasayana is an Ayurvedic medicine used for anti-aging purpose. It is also widely used in treating respiratory conditions. It is prepared using a spice called Pippali – long pepper.  

Pippali Rasayana Benefits:

  • Improves metabolism
  • Natural anti inflammatory herb. Useful in skin conditions, asthma, bronchitis.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha

Pippali Rasayana dosage: For internal administration, daily 1 – 10 Pippali fruit is made into paste along with sufficient quantities of honey and ghee and it is administered.  It is usually administered for a period of 15 days to 1 month. The dose depends upon strength, age and disease condition of the person. Patient is usually advised to take rice with milk through out the day, during the treatment to negotiate the hotness effect of Pippali.

How to prepare Pippali rasayana at home? Take  Pippali choorna (powder of long pepper fruit) – 100 grams, add 80 grams of honey and 100 grams of ghee (clarified butter) mix thoroughly. This mixture, based on doctor’s advice can be taken internally. Special care should be taken while administering this medicine to children.

Pippali Rasayana side effects: This treatment should strictly be taken under medical supervision. It may worsen gastritis in some people.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Rasayana Prakarana 73/18
Sanskrit verse – पञ्चाष्टओ सप्त दश वा पिप्पली: क्षौद्रसर्पिषा । रसायनगुणान्वेषी समामेकां प्रयोजयेत् ॥

Pippali Rasayan as per Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1.3/32-35
पञ्चाष्टौ सप्त दश वा पिप्पलीर्मधुसर्पिषा |
रसायन गुणान्वेषी समामेकां प्रयोजयेत् ||३२||
तिस्रस्तिस्रस्तु पूर्वाह्णे भुक्त्वाऽग्रे भोजनस्य च |
पिप्पल्यः किंशुक क्षारभाविता घृतभर्जिताः ||३३||
प्रयोज्या मधु सम्मिश्रा रसायन गुणैषिणा |
जेतुं कासं क्षयं शोषं श्वासं हिक्कां गलामयान् ||३४||
अर्शांसि ग्रहणीदोषं पाण्डुतां विषमज्वरम् |
वैस्वर्यं पीनसं शोफं गुल्मं वातबलासकम् ||३५||
(इति पिप्पलीरसायनम्) |

pañcāṣṭau sapta daśa vā pippalīrmadhusarpiṣā |
rasāyana guṇānveṣī samāmekāṃ prayojayet ||32||
tisrastisrastu pūrvāhṇe bhuktvā’gre bhojanasya ca |
pippalyaḥ kiṃśuka kṣārabhāvitā ghṛtabharjitāḥ ||33||
prayojyā madhu sammiśrā rasāyana guṇaiṣiṇā |
jetuṃ kāsaṃ kṣayaṃ śoṣaṃ śvāsaṃ hikkāṃ galāmayān ||34||
arśāṃsi grahaṇīdoṣaṃ pāṇḍutāṃ viṣamajvaram |
vaisvaryaṃ pīnasaṃ śophaṃ gulmaṃ vātabalāsakam ||35||
(iti pippalīrasāyanam) |

Procedure and Ingredients used:

  • A person desirous of rejuvenation should take five, eight, seven or ten Pippali – Long pepper fruits, along with honey and ghee for one year.
  • Pippali should be impregnated with Kimshuka Kshara and fried with ghee.
  • Three such Pippali is mixed with honey is taken in the morning twice- one before food and second time after food by a person who desires to be rejuvenated.

Cures the following diseases:

  • Kasa – bronchitis
  • Ksaya – pthisis
  • Sosa – consumption
  • Shvasa – asthma
  • Hikka – Hiccup
  • Galamaya – diseases on Neck
  • Arshas – piles
  • Grahani Dosha  – Sprue syndrome
  • Pandu – Anemia
  • Vishama Jvara – intermittent fever
  • Vaisvarya – hoarseness of voice
  • Pinasa – chronic rhinitis
  • Sopha – edema
  • Gulma – Phantom tumor and
  • Vata Balasaka – a type of fever [32-35]

Pippali Vardhamana Rasayan – Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1.3/36-40
क्रमवृद्ध्या दशाहानि दशपैप्पलिकं दिनम्|
वर्धयेत् पयसा सार्धं तथैवापनयेत् पुनः||३६||
जीर्णे जीर्णे च भुञ्जीत षष्टिकं क्षीरसर्पिषा|
पिप्पलीनां सहस्रस्य प्रयोगोऽयं रसायनम्||३७||
पिष्टास्ता बलिभिः सेव्याः, शृता मध्यबलैर्नरैः|
चूर्णीकृता ह्रस्वबलैर्योज्या दोषामयान् प्रति||३८||
दशपैप्पलिकः श्रेष्ठो मध्यमः षट्  प्रकीर्तितः|
प्रयोगो यस्त्रिपर्यन्तः स कनीयान् स चाबलैः||३९||
बृहणं स्वर्यमायुष्यं प्लीहोदरविनाशनम्|
वयसः स्थापनं मेध्यं पिप्पलीनां रसायनम्||४०||
(इति पिप्पलीवर्धमानं  रसायनम्)|

kramavṛddhyā daśāhāni daśapaippalikaṃ dinam|
vardhayet payasā sārdhaṃ tathaivāpanayet punaḥ||36||
jīrṇe jīrṇe ca bhuñjīta ṣaṣṭikaṃ kṣīrasarpiṣā|
pippalīnāṃ sahasrasya prayogo’yaṃ rasāyanam||37||
piṣṭāstā balibhiḥ sevyāḥ, śṛtā madhyabalairnaraiḥ|
cūrṇīkṛtā hrasvabalairyojyā doṣāmayān prati||38||
daśapaippalikaḥ śreṣṭho madhyamaḥ ṣaṭ  prakīrtitaḥ|
prayogo yastriparyantaḥ sa kanīyān sa cābalaiḥ||39||
bṛhaṇaṃ svaryamāyuṣyaṃ plīhodaravināśanam|
vayasaḥ sthāpanaṃ medhyaṃ pippalīnāṃ rasāyanam||40||
(iti pippalīvardhamānaṃ  rasāyanam)|

Vardhaman Pippali Rasayan:

  • Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum is taken along with milk by gradually increasing the fruits of Pippali’s to 10 per day.
  • After 10 days, this is gradually decreased.
  • Thus in total the person should take one thousand Pippali fruits for the purpose of rejuvenation.

After the digestion of the recipe, the person should take Sastika type of rice along with milk and ghee.

Depending upon the nature of Doshas and the diseases, these Pippalis should be taken in the form of –
paste by persons who are strong.
decoction (Kashaya) by persons Persons having moderate strength and
Powder by persons having less strength.

Dosage:

  • 10 Pippali fruits (as described above) – excellent,
  • 6 Pippali fruits are of moderate dose and
  • 3 Pippali fruits are smallest dose is given to persons who are very weak.

Benefits:  The rejuvenation therapy through the recipe of Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum

  • Is nourishing and promoter of voice and longevity
  • It cures Pliha (Splenic disorders) and Udara (obstinate abdominal diseases including ascites).
  • It restores youth and promotes intellect.

 

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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