Pepper Fruit

Source Black Pepper is the fruit of Piper nigrum L., (Fam. Piperaceae.)

Producing Areas Malaysia and Indonesia; Hainan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan as well as other provinces in China.

Properties Spicy, Hot

Channels Stomach, Large Intestines


  • Warms the middle jiao to increase appetite
    For stomach-cold syndrome with abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and anorexia.
  • Warms the middle jiao and lowers the adverse rising energy
    For stomach-cold syndrome with vomiting, hiccup, poor appetite and loose stool.
  • Treats diarrhoea due to stomach cold
  • Eliminates phlegm
    For deficiency-cold of lung and spleen with cough and thin expectoration; also for epilepsy.

Usage and Dosage
2-4 g is used in decoction for oral use.
0.6-1.5 g is used in powder orally.
The powder and decoction can be used externally.

Contraindicated in the patient with hyperactivity of fire due to yin-deficiency and sthenic heat syndrome.

Keep in a cool and dry place.

Description of Quality Herb
The good Black Pepper is big and full-grained, black in colour with wrinkled skin and a strong flavour.
The good White Pepper is big and compact, white or greyish white in colour with a strong flavour.