3 Top Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses Of Thippili | Pippali | Long Pepper For Weight Loss, Cold & Cough

We call these amazing fruits thippili in Tamil and the plant also goes by the same name. It is very very famous all over Tamil Nadu and is used extensively in home remedies. Not only in Tamil Nadu, long pepper has been in use all over the world from ancient times. We use both the dried fruits and the roots of the plant in remedies. The fruits are called “Arisi Thippili” in Tamil and the roots are called “Kandathippili in Tamil”. Thippili is called Long Pepper | Indian Long Pepper in English, Pippali | Pipali | Pippal | Pipli in Hindi, Thippali in Malayalam, Pippallu in Telugu, Hippali in Kannada, Lendi Pimpli | Lendi Pipal in Marathi, Maghaun in Punjabi, Pipul in Urdu, Pippol in Bengali and Pipli in Gujarati. It’s botanical name is Piper Longum and it is widely used in Ayurveda. Thippili is one of the three ingredients that make up the very famous trikatu (we call it thirikadugam in Tamil), which by itself signifies it’s importance in Ayurvedic medicine. Here in Tamil Nadu we make rasam (soup) with both kandathippili and arisi thippili and it is popularly called kandathippili rasam. The rasam is used a remedy to treat all cold and cough related problems very very effectively. Long pepper contains the alkaloid Piperine which is the main reason for it’s strong, spicy and pungent taste. Amazingly thippili has other wonderful uses that most of us are not fully aware off. Like for instance, it is used for treating depression, weight loss, all kinds of inflammation and diabetes! Long pepper has anti cancer, anti oxidant, anti depressant, anti inflammatory, anti microbial, analgesic, anti fungal and cardio protective properties. I prefer to make my own thippili podi | pipali churna at home by sun drying the fruits till crisp then powdering it in a mortar and pestle or in a dry mixer. You can also buy the powder from the markets but please remember that thippili rasayanam sold in the markets is a blend of different herbs including long pepper as one of the ingredients. The one sold in North India in the name of pippali rasayana contains long pepper, ghee and honey. Both these rasayanas should be taken only under medical supervision. Long Pepper Side Effects: Long pepper in normal dosages like the amount we use in rasam at home will not cause any side effects at all. But long pepper has anti fertility properties so pregnant women and lactating mothers should not consume long pepper in large doses…. 

To make the pipali churna: Take thippili in an empty kadai and roast it till it gets heated up. Let it cool completely.

 Powder it finely in a mortar and pestle, your pipali churna is ready.

1. For Throat Irritation: Certain people will always suffer from throat irritation, for them pipali churna will greatly help. Take around 1 gram of the powder and mix with honey and consume both morning and evening once.

2. For Cold & Cough: Take 1 gram of the powder and mix it in warm milk and drink. You can also add a pinch of turmeric to make it more effective…

3. For Indigestion, Weight Loss, Fever & Asthma: I would suggest taking thippili along with sukku and pepper (trikatu or thirikadugam), you can read about the complete method of making it here.


  • Thippili | Pippali can be given to children too,but be very careful with the amount of powder you give to small children as it is very very spicy
  • Pippali powder | Thippili powder mixed with water can be applied over teeth to reduce tooth pain.
  • The research that proves use of pippali for weight loss can be found here.
  • To make the kandathippili rasam: Dry roast half a tsp of arisi thippili, 2 kandathippili root along  with 1 tbsp of dhaniya, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, 3 red chillies and pound it coarsely in a mortar and pestle along with 2 garlic gloves. To make the rasam, heat oil in a pan, season with mustard, asafoetida along with curry leaves. Once the mustard splutters, add in the pounded ingredients along with 1 finely cut tomato and fry well. Add required amount of tamarind water and salt and once it boils and the raw smell goes, add in boiled toor dhal water and once it starts foaming switch off….
  • Thippili also reduces cholesterol very effectively, you can read the study that proves it here.


  1. sudha bala
    March 4, 2016 / 5:39 am

    Hi ramya! One query. In thippili, is only the long pepper used, or can even the leaves be used?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 8:04 am

      I don't know any uses for the long pepper leaves, only thippili is used for medicinal purposes…

  2. rejukrushu
    November 11, 2016 / 10:29 am


  3. rejukrushu
    November 11, 2016 / 10:35 am

    hiyenik dry cough and astma undu. njan thippali, kurumulaku, chukke, panam kalkkandu, red honey, karipotti, yellakka, grampu with ghee yenne cheruvakal cherthu podichu oru kuzhampu roopathil akki kazhichal yente asukhagal theerumo. yenik oru friend ethu kazhikyan thannayeerunoo.

  4. krishnamurthy balasubramanian
    March 21, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Extremely happy to land on this good website.I was looking for recipe for preparation of Kandamthippili & Arisi thippili rasam.I will recommend this website to my daughters in India.Krishnamurthy BalasubramanianNewark,CA, USA 94560

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 22, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Hi Sir, I am very very glad that you like the blog…..

  5. murali munna
    August 23, 2017 / 7:42 am

    My 12 month boy baby having cold and cough for last 25 days..And he not sleep well.once he started to cough he did continuesly 50 to 60 seconds..How to solve this..And one more information still am not use single vaccines to my baby.. Because I believe Ayurveda only..Any one advice me.. Please

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 25, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I would suggest giving him karunthulasi syrup, you can find how to do it in the blog. It is apt for babies under a yer old and helps treat cold and cough well…

  6. Saranya Ravi
    September 29, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    hi im mother of 3 years baby roshan … roshan has offen cold and cough with heavy weezhe i use to go doctor every month for treatment then too no use at im so worried about baby health … one of my friend suggested me to give suku milagu thipili mix it in molk and give …. now im very happy that my baby's health s good thanks for my friend indhu and kindly mothers should use this method becouse i know the pain of suffering thank u….

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