Charaka Samhita

Long pepper treatment (pippali-vardhamana)

Pippali/Long pepper

Pippali/Long pepper

Pippalī-vardhamāna is a kind of treatment in which (pippalī) long pepper corns are taken in increasing and decreasing quantity.

This treatment is excellent for detoxing body and also for mental health and wellbeing.

These benefits of this treatment have long been recognised:

  • The Caraka Saṃhitā is one of the classical texts of Ayurveda, it is dated to between the first and second century CE. In this text, pippalī-vardhamāna is described as a rejuvenation therapy which is nourishing and a promoter of a long life and a healthy mind.

  • The Bower Manuscript is an ancient Buddhist text, also dated to around the second century CE. In this text, various healing potions, similar and sometimes identical to those of the classical Ayurvedic texts, are described. The Bower Manuscript also mentions pippalī-vardhamāna and describes it as suitable in the treatment of mental health problems.