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Mahes Visvalingam
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Some Experiences with Natural Medicine
and related observations





Black pepper features prominently in Eastern medicine and cuisine.  The following were extracted from other sources, except where notes indicate personal experience.


When I was in my final year at University, I had severe food poisoning during the exam period due to eating hawker food.  My neighbour (Mrs Nagapan) gave me the following decoction which stopped the problems in time for my next exam although I was weak and lacking in concentration for some time.  As I recall it, she fried some black pepper corns in ghee and then added a mug of water which she boiled down to half the amount.  I then sipped the strained tea.  Apparently, it always worked for their family.  However, Mrs Nagapan did develop kidney disease in later life. Although this may have had nothing to do with their use of pepper, both Indian and Chinese medics do raise this as a concern.

More recently, I had a bout of catarrhal gastritis.  Indian Tea Masala in the usual proportions does not suit me.  But, a smaller dosage of it did help to clear up the sore throat and gullet, the bloating and acidity and bring the gastritis under control within 4 weeks. 


Good for Bad (in excess) for or during
For symptoms associated with cold, weak digestion and/or toxicity :
  • anxiety  because binds to serotonin receptors
  • cold stomach; gastritis; indigestion - also other cold symptoms like suppressed menstruation.
  • common cold and sinusitis (old fashioned peppered chicken soup).
  • circulation - very warming
  • constipation
  • depression
  • diarrhoea
  • digestive aid
  • ear ache
  • eye sight - I will check if it has any effect on my incipient cataracts.
  • flatulence
  • immune enhancement http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12230118
  • nausea
  • respiratory complaints - cold, sore throat, sinusitis, flu
  • vomiting - anti emetic good for travel and morning sickness.  Often used in conjunction with ginger.

Other claims:

  • Anti cancer - not proven
  • Vitiligo - I must try this


Pepper can improve the absorption of other nutrients.


But, please note contraindications.




Mahes Visvalingam, 10 Jan 2012
Last updated on 01/02/12